Linda  Searcy

Following a dedicated career of 20 years in the information technology field, Linda retired and about 6 years ago, found a new passion in jewelry making. After a year in wire work, she took metalsmith classes at several local craft centers and has been forging, soldering and fabricating predominately one-of-a-kind metal jewelry ever since. As a natural progression, Linda took her first lapidary class cutting cabochons at the NC State University Crafts Center, then continued with her first faceting class at William Holland in May 2013. Her first faceted gemstone in that class was a rutilated quartzit was good enough to be selected for publication in the Lapidary Journal's annual The Gemmys 2015. Linda taught beginning jewelry metalsmith classes at Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC) from September 2013 through March 2016 and at the NCSU Crafts Center (Raleigh, NC) from July 2014 through 2021.

Class List

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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 - 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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Intarsia I - Faceting Technique - Linda Searcy
Intarsia is a form of inlay using thinly cut and polished stones glued together to create images. Intarsia traces its history back to Italy and the Renaissance where stones were layered and pieced together to make beautiful scenes. This is a basic class where we will learn this technique using flat laps, intarsia grinders, cabbing and faceting equipment. Materials are provided but you are welcome to bring your own to add to the basic material kit which is included in the lab fee.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 0
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Cabochons I

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