Cabochons

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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.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$60
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Jack King
Students will cut a variety of materials using standard calibrated shapes or freeforms. In the process, you will learn proper techniques and proven procedures, as well as cleanliness, ensuring that each step is finished to its best and that you produce a high quality, no-compromise cabochon you will be proud of. This is a no-pressure, fun week working at your own skill level and speed, with as much individual guidance as needed. Reviews will be made each day so that everyone can ask questions and make comments on the days progress. Different levels of material will be available for purchase, or you may bring you own. Each student must agree to, and abide by, one condition: at the end of each workday, you are responsible for cleaning your own machine and work area. In addition clean the classroom so that the next class will be greeted with a welcoming environment. If you have never cut before, do not worry, you will. If you have experience we will look for areas of improvement so you can produce stones that are even more beautiful. Lets have fun, stones that are even more beautiful. Lets have a fun-sharing week with rocks. Lab fee includes beginning slabs, as well as diamond sprays for polishing and special epoxy used in class.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Jerry Mason
Students can expect to obtain instruction in the art and technique of selecting a rough slab, orienting, marking, cutting, and polishing to obtain the best potential of the stone. Finished cabochons are used for jewelry making or for display pieces. Students will learn the care, use, cleaning, and maintenance of the equipment. Complete and detailed cleaning of the classroom at weeks end will be performed by following established guidelines posted in the classroom area. Once skill and knowledge is demonstrated by cutting ability of calibrated stones, free forms will be discussed and implemented only at the instructor's discretion. NO student will begin with free forms. THIS IS A BEGINNING CLASS. Students taking the class solely for cutting time, and/or to just obtain machine use will strictly follow beginner protocol. Each student will respect and follow these guidelines. Students must bring an Optivisor. Masks and aprons are furnished. Students are asked to bring no more than six (6) slabs of their own and must be of an appropriate thickness for cabbing (6-8mm). Questions about class or supplies should be addressed to the instructor. Cabochons I is about quality and not quantity. Fee includes a step by step instruction booklet and the first preform.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - John Wild
This class is not just for the beginning cabochon student, but is also for those that would like to refresh their basic skills. You will learn how to choose the material to work with and how best to orient your design to maximize the beauty of your cabochon. This class will be fun and educational. Beginning with calibrated cabochon designs, will learn the techniques to shape, grind, and polish your designs into works of art. After mastering basic skills, will have the opportunity to work with freeform cabochons as well. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction as well as group discussion. Lab fee includes material for the first two stones, written instructions, and other materials needed for class. Additional slabs will be available to purchase from the instructor or you can bring your own (no un-slabbed rough). For maximum enjoyment, bring an Optivisor or other magnifier.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $25+
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Larry Carby
You will learn the basics of selecting a rough slab for cutting, using the trim saw to orient the stone, preform, mark, grind and polish the stone to create a beautiful calibrated cabochon. As you progress in skill and knowledge, the instructor will discuss the art of freeform cabochons and cabochon repairs. No student will begin with freeform. Students experienced in cutting cabochons are expected to be attentive during all instruction and demonstrations in this beginners class. Instruction will be given on the cleaning, care and use of the saws and lapidary equipment with attention being given to safety. You will be responsible daily for maintaining the equipment you use and are required to provide a complete and detailed cleaning of that equipment and the room at the end of the week. You will need an Optivisor or some type of non-hand held magnification devise. Aprons, masks (if needed) and other material will be provided. You may bring slabs of agate or jasper (no more than 6) between 5mm and 8mm thickness. Additional slabs will be available for purchase from the instructor. The lab fee includes the first preform, printed instructions and other materials as needed.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$25+
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Paul Roberts
All the basic techniques for trimming a slab into a preform, then grinding and shaping, sanding and polishing that preform until you have a sparkling cabochon ready for mounting will be discussed and/or demonstrated. Trim saw, Genie cabbing machine, intarsia grinder, and flat lap are provided for your use. Safety issues, machine maintenance, sealing and stabilizing fractured or pitted stones will be covered as well as dealing with toxic material. Making a composite cabochon or intarsia will also be demonstrated. Your kit will include Pauls comprehensive manual, two hard slabs and two soft slabs, a notebook and pencil, super glue, epoxy, applicators, and other helpful material to complete your projects. Additional slabs will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own.

Lab Fee: $35.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - Steve Adams
Students will learn the basics of cutting cabochons
including selecting rough, using the trim saw, shaping and polishing. We will also cover how to find scratches in cabochons and how to eliminate flat spots, skills necessary to quality cabochon production. Equipment safety and learning, types of cabochons edges, techniques for creating domes, and cleaning up will also be included (all students are expected to help clean the room at weeks end). Additional credit may be earned for finding something good to cut in the throwaway bin. Everyone will be required to start with calibrated cabochons and may move to freeform once they have grasped the basics and feel comfortable. Students with prior experience may progress at an advanced pace, but must still be attentive during all lectures and demonstrations. Advanced techniques such as freeform cuts, symmetrical cabochons, doublets, cabochon repairs and other topics will be discussed depending on student progress. Neither crosses nor hearts will be cut in this class. Lab fee includes pre-forms and printed materials provided by the instructor. Students are encouraged to bring slabs to use in class. Slabs will be available for purchase from the instructor for $1.00 and up total cost depends on productivity. Do not bring rough of any size to class students will not have access to a slabbing saw during class.

Lab Fee: $20.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $5-$25+
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - The Basics and Beyond - Pat Davis
In this class, you have options. If you've never cut a stone, you will learn how. If you already know the basics, bring your ideas and Pat will help you turn them into reality. We will cover factors to consider in selecting a stone, proper use of equipment and tools, some tips and tricks of the trade and a few ideas of what can be done with the finished pieces. We will also cover calibrated stones, freeforms, traditional and modern cuts. Students should bring no more than five slabs of their own. Lab fee includes instruction manual and use of the instructors original templates. Additional slabs will be available to purchase.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$50
Prerequisites: None

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