I wanted to learn the art of lapidary and about stone properties so I joined the El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society.
Here are the basic steps. Start with a rock. Clamp the rock inside a slab saw. The saw has a diamond blade and cuts very slowly.
Here is the rock cut open. How cool right??
Now you keep the rock in the slab saw and just move it over with a hand crank to cut a slab. Here is an example of one I purchased at a gem show. It's called Lavic siding jasper.
Now once you have your slab ready, you use a template and a permanent sharpie to draw your shape. In this picture I have already drawn the shape, cut the stone with a trim saw and attached it to a dop stick.
I have also started rounding it with an arbor. The wheels of the arbor have different diamond grits, and you keep going up in grits like sandpaper.
Here you see a pro at work. Tony is finishing up a turquoise cab and getting it ready to be polished.
Some more of my finished cabs.
This weekend we are going on a field trip to hunt for smokey quartz crystals!
Oh no. It's official, I have turned into my mom! Whatever, who cares when you are having this much fun right?