Take a large and cheap, flawed freshwater pearl, then mark it with permanent ink, wipe it with alcohol, carve it, sand it, drop it on the floor, polish it, scrub it with a toothbrush, and turn it into a unique cutting-edge design you can sell for a lot more than you paid for it. It just takes practice and you can do it at your jeweler’s bench.
Students will Learn:
The secret is a flex shaft and dental-grade diamond burs, which students will use to carve deep patterns into pearls. You will also receive illustrated class notes that are the result of a step-by-step pearl carving article written by the instructor for the April 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.
Students need to be comfortable using a flex shaft tool with a pedal and hand piece.
Project will be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 16 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
Bowl (small), Optivisors, permanent marker (pointed), safety glasses, small hammer, strapping tape, task lamp, terry-cloth towel, work surface. Optional: Dremel/rotary tool if you have one (instructor will have a few to share).
Materials in Kit:
Dental-grade diamond burs (4 to 5), alcohol wipes, optical-grade cerium oxide, large freshwater pearls (4 to 5), sterling silver bead chain, capsule clasp, blue silicone polishing buds, white silicone polishing buds, white bud-shaped polishing buff, sanding sticks, copper wire.
One seat per person per class.