Faceting Try-it Session
In this Try-it session, we will go beyond a standard introduction to faceting presentation where attendee’s gain an initial understanding of the process and some of the methods/tools available to the lapidary artist for faceting. They will have the opportunity to “Try-it” and ask questions of experienced faceters based upon their initial hands on experience!
The Project: Each student/member will have the opportunity to try, hands on, each basic phase of the faceting process on a group stone that has been pre-prepared to the level of the station. To best utilize the limited time and available machines, we will break down into 4 groups that will rotate through the 4 stations. At each station, an experienced GCLFS faceter will briefly present the station’s topics and aide the class members in trying that portion of the faceting process. There is no charge for this Try-it. Try-it participants are asked to bring their own eye protection if they wish to use it.
What will be learned in the Faceting Try-it session:
Station # 1 - Methods/steps for preparing and dopping a rough stone.
Wax or glue?
What is a transfer jig/fixture Transferring a stone from the flat dop
to the concave dop
How to de-dop or remove a stone from the dop
Station #2 - Reading the faceting diagram What is the crown, girdle & pavilion? What is a reflective index?
Setting the angle of the dop
Setting and using the index How to Pre-form - rough out the shape
Station #3 - using the fine vertical adjustment
Cutting a facet
What grit laps do I need
What is a temporary center point, a center point, a meet point
Station # 4 - Polishing
What are my polish options
How do I make sure that a facet is polishing in-plane?
What is a “cheater” and how do I use it.
How to use a table dop/fixture