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Daily Wire Tip July 21: What to Consider When Shopping for a Faceting Machine
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
July 21, 2011
Hi Dale, I love rough stones and their look, but I also like them with facets, and polished. In regards to faceting machines, what seems to be well worth the investment? Before I got into wire jewelry making I was exploring this and soldering to make jewelry, I like working with wire better. Thanks for all the wonderful tips.
-Brenna in West Sacramento, California
Hey Brenna! Oh yes, the choice of faceting machines available today is large, as well as expensive. I think that faceting is a very soothing as well as an extremely satisfying experience. My first machine was a used one, so I could get a "feel" for the art. When I chose my new machine, I spent hours at the February Tucson Gem Shows, where people have the opportunity to try all different brands and styles of many lapidary machines. You could also do an internet search (to get started, explore this article: Faceting Machine) and really research the benefits of the different brands, as well as look for customers’ opinions before spending a few thousand dollars!
Your decision should be based on: how is the ease of the chosen machine’s use; does it come with all of the necessary laps and index wheels; how many dop sticks are included and in what shapes and sizes; is there a good transfer fixture; will you have to purchase a dop pot and dop wax separately? You will also need a small trim saw, or you could purchase what the industry calls "preforms" of certain stones at good prices. Then there are the "books," my favorite is "Facet Cutters Handbook" by Edward J. Soukop.
Is the investment worth it? Well, to me and many other folks it is. You say that you love wire work – cold connections are not as messy or time-intensive as many other styles of jewelry making. Would you like to use more cut stones in your designs? Do you have a market for this style of jewelry? A very good feature of purchasing a faceting machine and all of the necessary accessories is that used machines are always in demand, so if you decide you don’t want to do it, you will always be able to find a buyer!
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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