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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.!

Regular price $450.00 USD
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This workshop is being held live and in-person at our Texas studio!

Can't make the trip?
Live online seats will be available at this link!

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, 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.

Information about taking workshops with us
can be found at this link.

Workshop fee (non-taxable): $450

Materials fee (taxable): $75
(taxable and payable in the workshop)

Saturday & Sunday
April 20 & 21, 2024
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

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 53 years! After owning a fine jewelry store for 31 of those years, he retired in 2009, and now sells his self-cut gemstones and jewelry on social media, in galleries, and national juried fine art shows. He teaches classes in gem cutting highlighting techniques like Basics to Advanced, Inlay 101 to Advanced and Gemstone Carving gemstones. John has been featured in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine and has been on the cover 14 times.

Since retiring from his fine jewelry store 14 years ago, he has made it his mission to help others in this industry just as his mentors helped him. His hobbies are too lengthy to list but caring for wild bobcats on his property has proven to be his favorite!

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