For lapidary classes and studio use, participants must be age 18 or older and have health insurance. All classes include a pass for access to the lapidary studio for the current semester. The studio is available for use without taking a class. More information>
Cancellations: For a refund, the Crafts Center staff must be notified of a cancellation at least 7 days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.
Absences: To receive the best experience and get the most out of your class, attendance at all classes is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.
Instructor: Bob Bendelow
A beginning level class. Release the color and hidden light from within a precious gemstone! Participants in this class will learn to cut facets in crystals and gemstones, turning them into works of art. Students will begin by working with crystal quartz and then move on to fine gemstones.
Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, beginning
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100
A beginning level class. Cut slabs of stone and polish into convex forms to produce gems worthy of setting into brooches, rings, or necklaces! This cut produces an evenly curved surface in a range of shapes. Students will begin the process with agate or quartz – great for rock hounds!
Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, beginning
I = $42
II = $75
III = $83
CABOCHONS OF FIRE – HOW TO CUT OPALS
Instructor: Robin Suddaby
Opals are the surprise gift of the mineral world! Starting with what appears to be an ordinary rock, proper cutting can result in a breathtaking, fiery gem. Learn what it takes to perform this magic! Participants will receive one ounce of practice opal. This material, usually called “Potch and Color,” has some fire and produces some very nice cabochons. The instructor will have additional opal available for purchase.
Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, beginning
I = $33
II = $60
III = $67
CRAFTS CENTER INFORMATION: 919.515.2457