The main features of our lapidary studio include:
- Learning how to cut and polish cabochons
- Learning to identify stones
- Utilizing the Moh’s scale of hardness, as it pertains to cabochon cutting
- Cutting stones with a slab saw and trim saw
Future classes may include: carving, book-ends, fountains, etc.
The class will be one day a week and will commence for four weeks; it will entail a total of 12 classroom hours.
- 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.
- The second class will have each student selecting and preparing stones for polishing. Each student should complete a calibrated cabochon by class-end.
- The third class will be the same as the second, but each student will complete a free-form cabochon.
- 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.
- 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.
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 (email@example.com). After verifying their competence, a card may be issued for a small fee, to be determined.