Lapidary and Faceting Equipment
Learn about the tools and equipment involved in lapidary arts.
As you look at the enclosed chart and read about these various machines it's going to seem easy to classify them all as excellent, good or just simply poor.
In many ways buying a faceting machine is like buying a car. You probably would like the fanciest car on the road but would settle for a second hand.
A comparison chart of faceting machines. Compares the usability and quality of service for specific facet machines. Distinguish which one is best.
Recently, a survey was taken to see what kind of Facet Machines are being used by members of the Faceter's Digest . 246 people had responded to the survey.
A Digital Panel Meter (DPM) can measure angles to 0.01 degree if a precision instrument potentiometer is used and a stable reference voltage is used.
Retrofitting The Lee Faceter for a Digital Readout. This is the second in a series of articles on how to convert your faceting machine to a digital readout.
Ultra Tec factory is located in Santa Ana, California, It is a factory where machines for faceting is made and has been in the industry for quite some time.
"Just ask Jeff" gives tips on choosing the right Faceting Machine. Several discounter's will sell anything that they can and do not care about the customer.
Get the insight of Jeff on all your questions and concerns about Gemstones. "Just ask Jeff" tackles faceting machine and a few helpful things you may need.
Buying a used faceting machine is a lot like buying a used car, you can get a good one but you need to know the faceting machine considerations when buying.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and ideas on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: Graves Faceting Machine.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: Facetron Faceting Machine.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: Ultra Tec Faceting Machine.
Jeff R Graham talks about unaligned machine in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What do I do if I think my machine is out of alignment?
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answer to Questions you need to ask when buying a digital Faceting Machine?
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and ideas on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his thoughts are on Just ask Jeff: Review: OMNI Faceting Machine.
Ultra Tec Faceting Machine Review . The Ultra Tec has been referred to as the BMW of faceting machines. We had 1 tested by 3 people who own other brands.
One serious pitfall for the novice is the quality of advice they get in choosing what faceting machine to buy. Here are a few tips in choosing the right one
An overview on lap testing and the results of test. In an attempt to improve faceting, various laps and polishing combinations were performed and tested.
Polishing Laps and Techniques. Covers helpful information, tips, suggestions for polishing. A guide on techniques that will be useful for polishing laps.
Retrofitting The Graves Faceter for a Digital Readout. Being a more "finished" unit, there is less flexibility for field modification. More information here
This will be a challenge because the MDR machine uses adjustable needle bearings on the trunnion assembly.Retrofitting The MDR Faceter for a Digital Readout
The History of the Beale/Woolley Depth of Cut Indicator.It was after Marcus and his wife Marie opened up a retirement business, the Amherst County Rock Shop
Solidscapes pretty much do anything, and at a detail level and precision that is just not possible using the old traditional wax carving methods.
Just Ask Jeff: Care and Treatment of Laps - "Just Ask Jeff" gives a few tips on the basic things to do in the care of your laps and laps treatment
Using the right gem cutting abrasives is critical for gem cutters. Our grit, mesh, and micron conversion chart will help you choose the correct material.
Most gem cutters prefer using scored polishing laps. They work better and faster than non-scored laps. Learn how to score and break in your lap.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What is my opinion on laps? What do I use?
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See his answer to What is a Spectra (Ultralap) Lap? How do I use them?
The dichroscope is used to distinguish the colors of pleochroic gems. Learn how this tool can help you identify gems and choose the best faceting designs.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions and thoughts on various topics on Just Ask Jeff. See the several ways to clean dops on Just Ask Jeff:How do I clean dops?
Just Ask Jeff: Do you really need faceting add-ons like dial, indicators, stain gauges, down lights, digital read outs? Read the opinions of Jeff R. Graham.
Jeff R Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What are sintered laps and are they worth the money?.
Just Ask Jeff: Contaminated Laps? Bort Charging Laps? Jeff R. Graham shares some details and helpful information on contaminated laps or bort changing laps.
Just Ask Jeff: Do I need a ceramic lap and how do I get it to work?Whether you need ceramic lap or not, really depends on what type of cutting you are doing
What's the best abrasive for polishing natural gems? An oxide polish is usually the best option. Learn the different uses of oxide and diamond polishes.
A Product Review on Sony Cyber-shot. Overall, it is an excellent camera and I was surprised by the low cost.The image quality is excellent at any resolution
The least expensive digital scale for gem use is now the GemPro 50. It sells for around $150, which is quite a bit less than anything else on the market.
Jeff Graham shares his opinions on various topics in Just Ask Jeff. See what his answers are to What Faceting Equipment Essentials you need to get started?
Mark Oros reviews his favorite lap - the Hyper-Edge gem faceting lap. This is a proprietary composite lap that will save you time and money.