Cabochons I - David Sherrod
This course includes the fundamentals of material selection, orientation, shaping and polishing of a variety of stones. Students will learn safety and proper use of lapidary equipment. They will learn to form standard, template cabochons, first with a softer stone and then with a harder stone. After the first two cabs, students will learn a variety of shapes and freeform techniques using their own materials or slabs purchased from the instructor. Students will learn to maximize the potential of each cab by tailoring orientation, size, and shape to the unique properties of each stone. Custom shapes for specific jewelry applications will also be explored. After competence in cutting single stones is achieved, students will be introduced to composite cabochons. Lab fee includes instruction pamphlet, sharp-shooter pen, glue, display box and material for the first two cabs. Materials cost will depend on the amount and type of material purchased.