Cabochons I - David Bergquist
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.
Cabochons ll - David Bergquist
This is a course for an experienced cabber. Student should have completed a Cab l course of at least 16 hours and should have mastered the basics of standard, templated forms. We will explore freeform and unusual templated shapes using the standard Genie as well as a machinr with extra space between the wheels to accommodate crosses, hearts, etc. We will create contoured alternatives to the traditional slabs for sale, students may bring their own slabs for their own use. An optivisor or similar magnification is recommended