INTRODUCTION TO LAPIDARY
P D Krause
Introduction to Lapidary by Pansy D. Kraus is a 'breath of fresh air'. Kraus provides a general introduction to Lapidary as a hobby and the many different techniques that can be applied to gems (Agates), precious (Diamonds) and semi-precious stones (Sapphires). Kraus includes many pictures and photos together with an easy to read common sense approach to Lapidary and the equipment.
Each section provides information on equipment, methods, materials, and techniques for producing that perfect work of art ! Key sections include; a brief history of lapidary, rock tumbling (polishing rough shaped stones), cabochons (polished curved stones - eg: Agates), lapping gemstones (flat polished stones), gem sphere and bead making, inlay/mosaics, gem carving (eg: Jade), and faceting (eg: Polishing Sapphire and Topaz). Kraus has also included a section on general technical data that is essential for any one interested in Lapidary.
Tables and charts are provided on; gem and material properties, conversion tables, critical angles and key speeds for cutting and polishing stones. An additional section is also provided with useful references and magazines. Lapidary for Beginners is an essential for anyone interested in starting this interesting and fascinating hobby.
A good place to start for beginners which will give you a great reference as you pursue the different kinds of lapidary.
Softcover, 196 pgs.
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