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 plenty of guys who will try to sell you their kitchen sink and the old AMC Pacer sitting on blocks in their side yard, too. The real list isn’t that long – or that expensive, alongside the price of a shiny faceting machine.
So, if you’re excited about getting started in faceting, and you want an honest list of the stuff you really need, check those links and feel free to save the checklist document and use the embedded links to get to your items quickly.
For Faceting Academy attendees (and other apprentices), remember that YOU WILL NEED SMALL DOPS.
We (you) are going to be cutting some VERY small stones as part of your training. This is the fastest way to learn all of the relevant skills, from evaluation to orientation, dopping, transfer, cutting, polishing – and most importantly SEEING – training the eye to see those tiny facets, meets, and polish issues.
This will also allow you to complete the entire cutting process REPEATEDLY – RAPIDLY – and that’s key to fast learning.
So, be certain to acquire AT LEAST 3 sets (flat and cone) dops at the 2 or 3 mm size.
I *recommend* that you get two at the 2mm and two at the 3mm size (per person).
July 22nd, and the NEW and upgraded Faceting Academy site is about to launch. From the foundation of a new platform on a really great hosting company with really great support team, I’m ready to promote the next level in promoting the art and science of faceting in America.
I’m looking forward to a great Fall season of new things – from the resident Faceting Academy 2011, to the inauguration of our new MOM (multi-optic machine) for unleashing wild new creative opportunities for the faceting community.