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 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).