Gemstones are naturally beautiful, but you can make them glisten and shine. This beginner's guide covers all the techniques you need to know tumbling, cutting, face polishing and more. By following the authors' simple approach, you'll create finished stones worthy of displaying, selling or making into jewelry. Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making: � Pertains to a wide range of popular gemstones, from agate to turquoise � Prevents frustration, with detailed photos and easy-to-follow instructions � Offers helpful tips from the author's years of experience � Provides information about recommended equipment and supplies � Briefly introduces jewelry making, with seven simple jewelry projects Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making contents include: Introduction; Getting Started: Gemstone Materials Commonly Used in Lapidary Work, Lapidary Machines, Lapidary Machine and Supply Pricing, A Few More Suggestions; Choosing Gemstones: Gemstone Prices, Selecting High-Quality Gemstones, A Visual Guide to Selecting Gemstone; Tumble Polishing: Recommended Equipment, Setup and Operation, Getting the Best Tumbling Results, Tumbling and Polish Options, Tumbling Stages, Tumbling Process Steps, Getting Started, Comprehensive Tumbling Chart, Tumbling Tips Summary; Cutting: Recommended Equipment, Setup and Operation, Making the Best Cut, Getting Started, Cutting Tips Summary; Face Polishing: Recommended Equipment, Setup and Operation, Choosing the Right Gemstones to Face Polish, Determining How to Face Polish a Stone, Before You Start, Getting Started, Face Polishing Tips Summary, Routing: Recommended Equipment, Setup and Operation, Getting Started, Another Use for a Lapidary Router, Routing Tips Summary; Drilling: Recommended Equipment, Setup and Operation, Two Types of Drilling, Critical Drilling Tips, Getting Started, Drilling Tips Summary; Cabochon Making: Recommended Equipment, Setup and Operation, Getting Started; Jewelry Making: Cabochons in Bezel Settings, Cabochons in Clay Settings, Face Drilled Stones and Jump Rings, Headpins and Eyepins, Top Drilled Stones and Upeyes, Side Drilled Stones (Beads), Wire-Wrapped Tumbled Whole Stones, Wire Wrapped Edge-Routed Stones; Glossary; Recommended Reading for Jewelry Making; Quality Lapidary Equipment Manufacturers; Index; About the Authors and Photographer. If you have ever marveled at beautifully cut, polished and shaped gemstones and wondered what it would take to create your own, Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making will provide you with the essential information regarding the basic techniques and processes, and a solid foundation for getting started and exploring the lapidary arts.
Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling, and Cabochon Making.