Metals 501- Lapidary 2 January

Shaping the stone

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Lapidary Part two

In this class you will learn how to shape and polish  a stone for further use in jewelry, inlay and more.

These stones have been cut, shaped and polished. 

Shaping stones or Cabbing is part of Jewelry fabrication.

Creating cabochons is a lapidary process, one that was created for jewelers to include in their fabrications. Some Lapidary artists are jewelry artists and vice versa. And some Lapidary artists only work with minerals, stone and silica. 


 In this class you will be introduced to the Cab King lapidary shaping arbor, the flat lap, and some smaller tools for creating cabochons. You will learn how to shape the stone you cut in the 500 class into something you could wrap or create a setting for in a piece of jewelry, or other accoutrements.


  • Introductions and attendance

  • Review of work done in the previous class

  • Overview of the tools to be used in this portion of the class

  • Set up work area

  • Demonstration of shaping and learn what each wheel does.

  • Why do we polish?

You must have taken the Metals 500 Lapidary class for cutting stone. These classes are paired together to give you a comprehensive education in the Lapidary studio as well as complete the certification process for this portion of the shop.
The supplies for this class you should have already recieved and begun work on from the previous class. All materials and supplies are included in your class fee.

Age Requirements:
The Lapidary shop requires all participants to be at least 16 years old to operate the machinery. All participants under 18 must have a paid legal guardian with them at all times.

Maximum number of participants for this shop:
This shop is smaller that the rest of the shops and therefor has a maximum capacity of three students and one instructor for all classes. When utilizing the shop there are two spots for people to reserve to use the shop. It is highly recommended to reserve your time on our resource calendar after you are certified to use the shop.

Attire recommendations: 
Lapidary work is wet work. It is recommended that you wear shop appropriate foot wear, closed-toed no sandals, clothing that will dry relatively quickly and is an easy wash. No long sleeves or dangling objects. Nothing that can get caught in the spinning machines you will be working on.

No Show/Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations are accepted up to three days prior to the class. Seats are very limited in this class and it is a popular class. Seats fill quickly and there is always a waiting list. If you need to cancel, and cancel within one week of the class you may enjoy a full refund. If you need to cancel, and cancel within three days of the class you enjoy 50% refund. If you cannot attend, and become a no show, your fees are sacrificed to the good of the shop and you will not receive a refund. Please be considerate to your instructor and possible attendees, plan accordingly and communicate with your instructor or the shop captains.


Date & Time
January 23, 2024
6:00 PM 8:00 PM America/Denver


1840 Delaware Place
Unit A
80501 Longmont
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Adrienne Iguchi

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