-- The V2 Faceting Machine
Article in Lapidary Journal... We bring to your
-- A Place to learn Faceting - The Rochester
Lapidary Society in Rochester, New York
-- Looking through the old files -- I found: 7-fold
and 11-fold Symmetries. - Some New (Old) Designs
-- 77 Index Gear
-- New Representative - New York City - MELISSA
-- New Representative - Sri Lanka - AJITH
Welcome to the September 2009 copy of the Some Times
The V2 Faceting Machine
Articles in Lapidary Journal... We bring to your
The June 2009 Issue of Lapidary Journal / Jewelry
Artist featured two articles by Glenn Klein. The first
article, "High Sparkle", showcased a special oval cut
for dark colored rough. The second "Precision Polishing"
includes tips and techniques for taking advantage of the
hard stop faceting machines -- such as the ULTRA TEC V2
You can find out all about Glenn Klein's gemstone
work and all his books at
A Place to learn Faceting - The Rochester Lapidary
Society in Rochester, New York
Rakowski, a retired manager from Eastman Kodak, became
interested in Faceting while attending the Lapidary
Society's workshops. She has written an article for
their newsletter - and borrowing liberally from that
article, here's what she says about it - in the picture,
Karen is shown with Paul Dudley, the faceting
instructor. And so, mostly in her words:
attending the lapidary workshops, "I noticed a small
group in the back of the room where students were
learning to grind and polish faceted stones. I was
excited. The club has enough faceting equipment for up
to 3 students to learn the art of faceting at one time.
As students finished up, a new class was started. Some
of the trained students went on to buy their own
equipment, or to work with new skills in the jewelry
trade. Others, like me, only wanted initially to know
"how it was done" and satisfy some of the intense
attraction to shiny things. I joined the waiting list
and started with the next round of instruction.
The instructor, Paul Dudley, used Jeff Graham's
"Learn to Facet the Right Way" as a text. We used
optical, insulator and kiln glass to get started
cutting. This use of glass with beginners was a wise
choice because it is easy to cut and polish, and reduced
the fear factor tremendously. As we were learning that
"super" glue has a shelf life, setting the angle
incorrectly will result in a much smaller finished
stone, and that laps can scratch as well as smooth, it
was nice to know that we were not also wasting valuable
rough. By the end of the class series I had cut two
round brilliants, a cushion, a trillion, and a pear in
various jewel tones.
Some other things that I learned:
* Everybody does things a little differently. As you
can see in the photo, I stand to facet and have to keep
explaining that it is comfortable for me.
* At the Rochester Lapidary Society workshops, the
faceting instruction and all other lapidary coaching and
instruction by members are "for free". Only a small
donation of $4 per night is collected to cover costs of
insurance and lapidary equipment replacement. Students
only need to buy their instruction book.
* Good equipment makes a difference. So does bad
equipment. Correcting for alignment or cant or wobble is
frustrating. I applaud the Club's goal of having four
top performing Ultra Tec machines for teaching and
workshops. So far we have two.
And, it is possible to have other people look at your
beginner work that is not perfect for meet points,
alignment, or polish and still think that what you made
was very special. The opportunity to learn the
fundamentals of faceting has been both challenging and
fun. I can't wait to do more. It's Facet-nating!
The Rochester Lapidary Society conducts lapidary
workshops on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. It is
located at Rochester School for the Deaf, St. Paul
Street, Rochester New York. If you want more
information, contact Dexter Hill (585) 227-3149 or Basil
Babey (585) 244-5792.
Looking through the old files -- I found: 7-fold and
11-fold Symmetries. - Some New (Old) Designs
is a long time ago - and, the computer revolution has
made it a very long time ago. In 1988 the word "file"
meant a real file-a file cabinet!
Back Then, "save"
wasn't just a click of a computer key-- we actually
saved real pieces of paper, squeezed into manila
folders, in turn, squeezed into metal drawers. Now those
file cabinets are taking up space-some of them unopened
A perfect workaholic activity is to open one of those
drawers, and clean it out. That's what I did. I found
much obsolete stuff to toss out-but I also found
something nice: a "Bob Hall" folder.
In '88, Bob Hall inspired us to make a 77 Index Gear
- usable for 7 and 11-fold symmetries. The idea of the
odd number symmetry was that stones with more brilliance
would result. In the folder were several designs for 7's
and 11's: The Dreamlight Eleven, The O'Henry II, the
Uthis, the Sunlite Crown, the Eleven Main Brilliant
Crown, and the Asmara Star.
They weren't doing anyone any good in the old file
drawer -so, we've now put them into the Library (in
www.ultratec-facet.com, click on Library, and then on
77 Index Gear
do you need to do those 7 and 11-fold designs? Well,
obviously, a 77 Index Gear. If you look at those
designs, you'll see that on some designs, some of the
index positions are called out as half steps-like 17.5
and 24.5. You get those positions by inserting a pin
between the Index Gear and the detent-and the pin for
doing that is supplied with the 77 Index Gear.
going to do some more digging through the old file-
perhaps there are more designs to find.
Go to the Ultra Tec Library
New Representative - New York City - MELISSA JOHNSON
those are the skyscrapers of Manhattan out the window.
Melissa Johnson, originally from California, has been
living in New York for the last five years. She said
that she was "always" a rockhound, since she was a
little kid, and her faceting machine - an Ultra Tec -
was a gift at age 16.
Melissa works for production
design companies - staging live events, concerts,
corporate functions, product launches, that sort of
thing. She specializes in lighting - appropriate for a
creator of faceted Gems.
We welcome her to the Ultra Tec team.
New Representative - Sri Lanka - AJITH SIRIWARDENA
Lanka's prominence in the World of gems dates back 2000
years. From ancient times to current times-it has been
known as the source of gemstones in great variety.
are proud to have Ajith Siriwardena as Ultra Tec's
representative there. An expert in the field, he holds
advanced degrees in gemmology, and is the past President
of the Gemmologists Association of Sri Lanka. It is
interesting to read their web page-you will find some of
Ajith's writings, and some of his photographic work.
Ultra Tec welcomes Ajith to its team of international
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