Sarah Lee  Boyce

Sarah Lee has been teaching since the early 1990s. She teaches at Art at the Dairy in Charlotte, NC and at William Holland.

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Opals I - Sarah Lee Boyce
Sarah Lee has been teaching since the early 1990s. She
teaches at Art at the Dairy in Charlotte, NC and at William Holland where she teaches a structured fourteen-step method for opal cutting, which she created because the opal rough can be very unforgiving, and the play of color needs to be released very slowly. In class the students will receive a kit containing a variety of 8 opals, as well as triplet and doublet material. The lab fee covers the 10-piece kit, handouts and miscellaneous supplies.

Lab Fee: $70.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $40+
Prerequisites: None

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Opals I - Sarah Lee Boyce
You will learn about various types of opals, how to cut and polish opal, how to read a stone before and during cutting, what makes opal precious, how opal forms, the equipment and supplies used to cut, treatments, care and tips for setting opals, opal evaluation and why opal is such a unique and mysterious gemstone. Opals, books and supplies will be available for purchase. You are invited to bring your own opal, as well. No prior experience is required. Lab fee covers a guide with information about opals, supplemental handouts, access to plenty of free practice opal rough, miscellaneous supplies needed to complete work in class and an opal kit that includes approximately eight pieces of opal rough from around the world, both common (about five pieces) and precious (about two or three pieces) chosen to help you learn during class.

Lab Fee: $70.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Opals II - Sarah Lee Boyce
In response to requests from former students, Sarah Lee is offering a master class in opals in which students will work with their own stash of opals. Students will be taught how to make a mosaic, floating pendants and earrings by using small opal chips, which would otherwise be thrown away. The lab fee covers the chips, frames for the mosaic, and glass vessels for the floating pendants, earrings and miscellaneous supplies.

Lab Fee: $70.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $40+
Prerequisites: Opal I taught by Sarah Lee

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Opals III - Sarah Lee Boyce
We will use the freeform flow method for carving opals. You may bring your own flex shaft or Dremel. All carving bits and burs will be provided with opals and other
equipment and materials to complete the carvings. The lab
fee includes all materials.

Lab Fee: $70.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $40+
Prerequisites: Opals II taught by Sarah Lee

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