with Paul Roberts
at William Holland
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 Paul's 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.