Lapidary 101 Part 3: Shaping and Polishing a Cabochon

Lapidary 101 Part 3: Shaping and Polishing a Cabochon

In this tutorial I discuss the process of using a cabbing machine to shape and polish a stone cabochon. I’m using a Diamond Pacific Genie machine, and throughout the video I talk about several techniques used to properly form a…

Lapidary 101 Part 2: How to Use a Trim Saw and Cut a Preform

Lapidary 101 Part 2: How to Use a Trim Saw and Cut a Preform

In this tutorial video I show in detail how to use a trim saw to cut cabochon preforms from a slab of stone. A cabochon is the final polished piece, and you have to cut your preform before using a…

Lapidary 101 Part 1: How to Use a Slab Saw

Lapidary 101 Part 1: How to Use a Slab Saw

In this video I show you the basics for cutting a slice of rock with a slab saw. I’m using an old Highland Park 14″ saw, and cutting a beautiful chunk of chrysocolla/malachite/gem silica. This is the first step of…