Faceting

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Faceting I - Bill Roberts
You will learn the Meet point faceting method of stone cutting. All students will be supplied with three pieces of facet rough, an instruction book with ten different facet diagrams and a list of critical angles. We will cover choosing rough stone and orienting your stones in order to get the best color and maximum yield. The student should expect to learn and have a lot of fun at the same time. Lab fee covers all facet rough and instruction book Lab fee must be paid in cash only. Bill can be contacted at 404-556-8322.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Dave McGregor
This class is designed for the beginner but will be enjoyable to those who have faceted before. Instruction will be based on the book written by Tom Mitchell. We will cover the basics of meet-point faceting, faceting machine operation, lap selection and care, stone selection, dopping, and polishing, along with a discussion of how faceting angles are selected. The class will also include a brief introduction to the computer programs, GemCad and GemRay. Faceting machines are provided for use by William Holland but nothing harder than quartz, a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, may be cut using the school’s laps. Students may bring their own machine and laps. Students are strongly encouraged to bring an OptiVISOR or equivalent magnification device. The class fee covers Tom’s book, sample faceting diagrams, a piece of faceting rough and an Ultra-Lap for polishing. Additional rough will be available for purchase. Each Student should be able to complete 2 stones during class. This is expected to be a week of fun creating a beautiful gem and a springboard for continuing your adventures in faceting.

Lab Fee: $55.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Lance Andrus
This course will give the student the necessary skills to facet your first stones. Students will cut a simple octagon shape in synthetic quartz as their first stone. Students will learn wax dopping, how to use a faceting machine, stone transfer, lap maintenance and other techniques. The lab fee includes a manual, rough for two stones and an Ultralap polishing lap. Students may bring in their own rough if they choose; nothing harder than a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Students should bring an OptiVISOR or similar head mounted magnifying device.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Linda Searcy
Precision faceting takes time and patience to transform a crystal or rough rock into a work of art. In this week-long workshop, you will: 1) get acquainted with the faceting machine, 2) Learn about abrasive disks/laps to do the cutting/grinding and polishing, 3) Learn how to turn a piece of natural or man-made (synthetic) crystal into a beautiful gemstone; learn how to prepare/dop a stone; learn how to read and understand a faceting diagram; learn Meet Point (precision) faceting. By the end of the week, you should complete at least one or 2 gemstones. Due to the nature of the precision work, you will need magnification, either an OptiVISOR with #5 or #10 lens or a 10X magnification loupe. You should also bring a notebook, an apron (or wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty), and a hand towel. Fee will include facet rough (natural and/or synthetic) to complete at least 1 or 2 gemstones, student handout that includes basic faceting design diagrams, and a polishing lap (cerium oxide Ultralap).

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Tom Mitchell
In this class you will learn the art of meet point gem faceting. No math skills are required. All of the math has been done for you. If you read, follow directions and perhaps have a little patience you cut your own bling. You will learn how to examine a stone to determine if it is facet worthy. You will also learn how to read a faceting diagram and how to apply the instructions on the diagram to the faceting machine, then how to cut and polish the facets and much more. This requires magnification in the form of an OptiVISOR or other magnification device. Your first stone should be better cut than those in most commercial jewelry stores. The lab fee includes my book: Faceting 1, Learn the Fine Art of Gem Faceting, It’s Easy!, plus several easy cutting designs, the first stone you cut, a Spectra Ultralap for polishing and much more.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting I - Rosecuts - Linda Searcy
In this introduction of gemstone faceting, the student will learn how to use the faceting equipment and accessories to take rough stones and turn them into rose-cut gemstones. Rose-cut gemstones are gems with flat bottoms and domed checkerboard or faceted crowns. Many opaque gems, such as lapis lazuli, rose quartz, and labradorite, are rose cut.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Faceting II - Tom Mitchell
To feel comfortable in this class you have taken Faceting I or you should have cut approximately 10 or more stones. This class is intended to help you hone your faceting skills. You can learn how to size or learn more about Gem Cad and Gem Ray, which are faceting design programs. What you learn depends on your individual needs. The lab fee includes my book: Faceting 1, Learn the Fine Art of Gem Faceting, It’s Easy, a Lightning Lap Ce-Ox polishing lap, your first stone, medium difficulty faceting diagrams, and much more. Some of these diagrams require start cutting. Therefore, you may also want to bring your laptop with Gem Cad installed on it.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Faceting I or comparable

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