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Welcome to the wonderful world of lapidary. In this class you will learn the basics of shaping cabochons. The process takes you through the steps of selecting a slab of stone, drawing a design, using a trim saw to cut the stone, and shaping and polishing your cabochon.  The class also covers the basics of shop safety and how to use lapidary equipment. Other topics covered may include slab selection and advanced techniques. The instructors, Barbara Hartman and Lloyd Raymod, are both well qualified and have been teaching lapidary for a long time.

What is a Cabochon?  Click here for a definition

What are the steps to create a Cabochon?

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What Equipment is available at RGMS Shop to create Cabochons?

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Slab Saw – to cut slaps from larger rocks

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Trim Saws – used to “rough out” the cabochon shape

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Grinding Stations – used to further shape Cabochon (multiple grits available)

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Polish Station (left) – used for final polishing of the Cabochon