In this how to Carve on Glass and Stone Course online class, Jack Hoque will teach his techniques and tools he uses to cut, carve and polish semi-precious gemstones and glass into freeform shapes with polished grooves and bubbles. These cold working techniques (also known as a form of lapidary) will help you create one of a kind pieces that will definitely set you apart from the rest!
“This is a lot of fun. Definitely love, love doing this type of work, as you can see, I slipped there, but that’s okay. Cause no Polish to worry about slipping on at the moment. This is really working very nicely. I’m digging, working on sea glass. Maybe I’ll go to the coast after this and go find my own sea glass because you know, there’s nothing better than being able to find it yourself and then finish it. Nice long strokes on there.”
“So this table may be covered with, with white dust, but it’s easy to clean up. Right now. I’m just going over the lines. I want everything to be a nice, smooth motion. I want everything to be as deep as all the way around the cuts. So the cut, I want it to be completely the same depth so that there’s no Rocky movements in these cuts. So if there’s a lot of rocky movements in the cuts, it’s going to be hard to get those scratches out with the polishing steps. And I’m going to kind of want to, change the shape of this stone to make it a little interesting. So I’m going to go around the side of it as well, and kind of change that shape of the sound, just so that….”
“When you’re working in rock mainly silica, make sure you have a good mask. I have a better one at home, but it’s gonna, it would be hard to talk through it. So I’m hoping this one’s better because at some point in this carving course, I’m going to be using this Silicon carbide wheel, which is not good to breathe in. It’ll silicate, your lungs you’ll get silicosis or whatever. It’s just really, really bad to breathe in. Pretty much any dust from lapidary is bad debris then. So if at any point you’re hafting to work at dry, which you shouldn’t really, unless it’s part of my policy. For pre polish, but mainly you work in water. So if you’re working in water and you keeping it wet, or you’re working with, with a, extended fluid, which is a Silicon based fluid that keeps the diamond on your bits. You’re not going to have to worry about a mask as much.”
Stephanie is a jewelry maker and instructor. She is a diverse artist, proficient in many jewelry mediums. Her go-to and preferred medium is Precious Metal Clay (PMC). The metal clay process enables Stephanie to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry. While working in the mixed media art industry she took her first class in PMC, was instantly hooked and has been working with metal clay since 2008. After being certified through Rio Grande in 2010 Stephanie began teaching. Stephanie has continued to perfect and share her craft by teaching others how to make their own jewelry and art. She believes we each have the capacity to be inspired creators. Many people just need a safe, fun, environment to explore their own creative limits and that is what she provides and shares, bringing people to the joy that she knows in her daily craft.
This course will take you through a series of techniques and projects where you’ll learn to create pieces with 3-D dimension and movement. During this course, you will learn: Create walls, Boxes, Lockets, Hinges, Bails, …and much more!