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Lapidary 101 – Cabochons Workshop with Ethan Schultz

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$180.00 – $220.00
Turquoise stones next to each other with Lapidary 101 text

$180 Member, $220 Non-member

Saturday, February 11, 12-6PM

Capacity: 1-2

Medium: Stone


You will learn lapidary, about different materials, safety, equipment, and how to cut a stone. During the class, you will take a slab of rock, trim it down, and polish it in to a finished cabochon ready to be set. The class will be 6 hours, with a half hour break mid-way through. Students will be provided with a resource and information sheet summarizing what they have learned.

Topics covered:

  • Safety in lapidary
  • Overview of equipment
  • How to design a cabochon, what to look for in a stone, and templates
  • Marking out a stone for cutting
  • How to cut a girdle and dome, and mention of varying dome and girdle heights
  • What makes for a well cut cabochon
  • Dop wax and dop sticks, how to hold the stone for cutting
  • different stages of cutting and grinding
  • How to achieve high polish for different materials

Materials needed to bring:

  • Respirator – “3M P100 Household Respirator with 60921 filter cartridges” is absolutely prefered, but N95or KN95 will also work. No other form of mask is permitted.
  • Apron
  • Ultra-fine sharpie marker
  • Eye protection
  • Pen/pencil and paper for notes

Materials that will be supplied:

  • Lapidary equipment – cabbing unit and trim saw
  • Dop wax and dop sticks
  • Agate/jasper/chalcedony slab that the stone will be cut from


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February 11
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$180.00 – $220.00
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Age restriction
18+ only