Lapidary Studio

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Lapidary A.

Beginning Lapidary

Jewelry B

Sterling Silver Wire Wrapping

Jewelry C.

PMC (precious metals clay)

Jewelry D

Beginning Silver-Ring or Pendant

The main features of our lapidary studio include:

  1. Learning how to cut and polish cabochons
  2. Learning to identify stones
  3. Utilizing the Moh’s scale of hardness, as it pertains to cabochon cutting
  4. Cutting stones with a slab saw and trim saw

Future classes may include: carving, book-ends, fountains, etc.

Curriculum:

The class will be one day a week and will commence for four weeks; it will entail a total of 12 classroom hours.

  1. The first class will cover safety in the lab, use of equipment, a brief overview of the Moh’s scale of hardness and a discussion about rocks in general. The first class will also include demonstrations of the use of equipment.
  2. The second class will have each student selecting and preparing stones for polishing.  Each student should complete a calibrated cabochon by class-end.
  3. The third class will be the same as the second, but each student will complete a free-form cabochon.
  4. The fourth class will be the same as the third, including the completion of a pair of matched cabochons.

Upon completion of the entire course, each student will receive a certificate and a lapidary card signed by the instructor. The lapidary card will be mandatory in order to use lapidary equipment outside of class times.

Safety Measures:

  • Proper ventilation system
  • Safety goggles
  • N95 dust masks (as needed)
  • Fire extinguisher

The above will be made available during all class times. In addition, the instructor will stress safety in the lab during all classes. There will be a safety monitor in the lab during open lab hours.

Cost:

The projected cost for the class will be:

  • $50.00 (for all 12 hours and certificate)

After completion of class use of lapidary equipment will be:

  • $5.00 for 3 hours
  • $10.00 for 6 hours.

People who already know how to use the lapidary equipment can contact Laurel Becker (laurel@beyondartsmagazine.com). After verifying their competence, a card may be issued for a small fee, to be determined.

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