Courses offered at the workshop for members: cabbing, carving, facet cutting, making a silver bezel, enameling on metal, and mosaic courses.

Cabbing course

The cabochon cutting course is the first basic stone cutting course. The instructions include the basics of stone cutting, and the use of the workshop equipment and machinery. After the course, students will have the skills and the permissions to work their own stones independently.
Cabbing courses are organized approximately once a month, during one weekend (Saturday and Sunday). 3-4 students are accepted per course.

Course price 90 euro.

Cabbing follow-up

Course requires having taken the basic cabochon cutting course. Students learn several methods to cut free-form objects using a press drill, ancillary tools such as supports and guides for sawing and cutting, as well as glues for mosaics. According to individual preferences, students prepare from their own stones, for example, an egg, a ball, a candle holder, a flat surfaced object.
The course consists of two days (Saturday-Sunday).
3-4 students are accepted per course.

Course price 50 euro.

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The stone carving course consists of two weekends (2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays). The drafts are prepared in advance, either under supervision during evenings at the workshop, or according to written instructions and drawings. Two students are accepted to each course. The cabochon course and the mastering of cabochon polishing are required to participate in the carving course.
Course price 175 euro.

Faceting basics

Basics of facet cutting is taught on one weekend (Saturday and Sunday). The cabochon course and some experience with stone cutting is a requirement.
2-3 students are accepted per course.
Students are acquainted with the properties and tools of a Raytech faceting machine. Students will cut facets on a spectrolite from Ylämaa using several flat laps and a final polishing lap. The course demands precision. It is a new way of cutting gem stones and brings new insight to working gem stones.
The course gives authorization to use of the downstairs faceting machines.
Course price 90 euros.

Faceting advanced

Requires mastering of the faceting basics course.
Course duration one weekend (Saturday and Sunday). Further develops the use of the Raytech faceting machines. Course focuses on cutting transparent gemstones. Requires precision and concentration. Cutting quality is checked under a 10 x magnifying glass. During the weekend each student cuts one stone. The course offers plenty of information and tips for finding and adapting facet diagrams.
The course authorizes the use all four Raytech machines and tools at the Society premises.
Course price 140 euro.



updated 15.5.2023