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Lapidary Inlay: 101 to Advanced with John F. Heusler G.G.!

Lapidary Inlay: 101 to Advanced with John F. Heusler G.G.!

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Join us for two amazing days with Gemologist John Heusler as you build a beautiful inlaid pendant. John will cover essential gem cutting skills using traditional lapidary methods, including special considerations when combining different stone types into a single creation. We'll concentrate on grinding, fitting and polishing our specimens, including a special focus on proper doming and finishing, and assemble our gemstones into a unique sterling silver inlay pendant. Best of all, we're keeping the class size to just six students, and everyone will have a dedicated lapidary machine to work on - no sharing! - so you'll have a full two days to work on a machine and practice your new skills with John's experienced guidance.

Your workshop and materials kit fees will cover absolutely everything you need to participate in class, including rough slabs, polishing materials, a sterling silver pendant frame, and the use of all the equipment needed to successfully create your own inlay pendant. Although prior lapidary experience is a plus, no prior experience is necessary - this workshop is perfect for all levels. And as an added bonus, you'll get 30 days access to the same videos our online participants will get... at no additional cost! Please note: If you have rough you'd like to cut, you're welcome to bring it but we will not be set up for slabbing, so any rough you bring must be pre-slabbed. 

This workshop is being held live and in-person at our Texas studio!
Can't make the trip? Live online seats will be opening for registration soon!

Sunday & Monday
September 25 & 26, 2022
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

Workshop fee (non-taxable): $450

Materials fee (taxable): $75
(payable on the first day of class)

Note: We recommend bringing your own eye magnification to help you see as clearly as possible while working. Because these needs are so personal, it's impossible for us to have the right thing on hand for every student. Need help with this? Call the studio or send us an email!


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About John Heusler

John is a lapidary (gemstone cutter) and a jewelry maker/designer who has been at it for over 52 years!
He owned a fine jewelry store for 31 of those years and retired in 2009; he now sells his gemstones and one of a kind jewelry on social media and in galleries as well as in fine juried art shows. He teaches classes in gem cutting and inlay from basics to advanced, as well as gemstone carving. John writes frequently for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine and his work has been on the cover 14 times. His hobbies are too lengthy to list but caring for wild bobcats on his property has proven to be his favorite! John is fluent in sarcasm and has been known to break out a didgeridoo with very little encouragement.

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