Category Archives: Beginner Stuff

Postings in this category are for the newer faceter, and open to the public.

Answers: How to Cheat

Here’s another quick video answer – this time about how to cheat.

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Tucson Show Report 2014

Welcome to the Tucson Show Report 2014, and our sharing of the adventure and my take on the event, the locations, the market, and more. Hope you enjoy. This year, we went even earlier than usual, and took advantage of … Continue reading

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Private Faceting Instruction

Another faceting question from the Mail Bag: Do you do any one on one facet instruction? – Joseph Hi, Joseph, Thanks for asking. I can do one-on-one coaching for people to learn faceting. But, for two reasons, I don’t do … Continue reading

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Mail Bag: Rolled Girdles?

More faceting questions from the Mail Bag: I enjoyed the videos. I just knocked a small Sunstone off the dop while working on the crown, and superglued it back into the molded epoxy. Like you superglued into the dop wax … Continue reading

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Mail Bag: Which Faceting Machine?

More faceting questions from the Mail Bag: I have been looking at the Graves Mark I and noticed you use a Facetron. What is your opinion of the right machine for a newbie that will allow me to use gemcad … Continue reading

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Polishing Sunstone Cleavage Problems

This just in from the e-mail bag: I started to facet this piece of Sunstone yesterday and  when I used the 600 lap this strange surface appeared on this particular facet and it wouldn’t polish away, any idea what or … Continue reading

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Diamond Faceting Laps Question

This question came via eMail today: As diamond laps are very expensive and their diamond surface is a thin layering, have you heard of major producers of these laps offering any kind of reduced price to resurfacing worn laps. I … Continue reading

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Calibrated Gemstones

Most of the time, when we’re working with materials worthy of custom-cutting, we aren’t going to be producing calibrated gemstones – chopping the rough down to a specified size – because we’re working to preserve every tiny bit of the … Continue reading

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To cut or not…

I get this question frequently: >>Did you cut the bowl on your machine so that you can make your 90’s on the girdle? The answer is NO: I DO NOT RECOMMEND chopping-up a perfectly good splash bowl. And, I have … Continue reading

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Getting Started in Faceting

Whenever it’s “Academy Time” I get lots of questions about what a person needs to get started in faceting: “What’s in the “beginner’s kit?” people will ask? And, there aren’t many one-stop shops for all this stuff, though there are … Continue reading

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