Jewelry Arts Classes, Tools & Lapidary
Welcome to jewelry classes at Veberod Gem Gallery! We have a long history of offering all sorts of jewelry-making and metalsmithing classes to our artists community. Our goal is to make learning the jewelry arts enjoyable and more accessible to everyone. Currently, our classes are on temporary hold, yet we will be sure to let you know our plans going forward.
We have one of the most extensive collection of jewelry-making tools stocked in-house in the Twin Cities! Why shop online when you can get guidance from a professional and see what you're purchasing up close!
We have everything to get you set up with a home workshop! Whether you’re a beader/pearl knotter or looking to do full-on metal smithing, we’ve got you covered. Plus, we offer expert advice on what’s the best tool for the job you’re working on. Come in to see our selection of:
Jewelry benches, lights and work surfaces
Flexshafts and a full range of finishing bristles, brushes, discs and more
Saws, shears, die cutters and dapping blocks
Hammers for stamping, texturing, fold-forming and beyond
Lost wax casting supplies and materials
Torches small and large
Findings and pre-made settings for small cabochons and gemstones
Metals, gemstones, gemstone beads and pearls and cabochons
We carry Lortone and Raytech lapidary equipment as well as a full line of sintered diamond carving points and tumbling supplies. If you want to learn to make cabachons, we teach one-on-one classes in that as well with purchase of equipment.
Lortone tumblers are known for their durability and quiet operation. Their all rubber barrels have been the standard in rotary tumblers for many years.
Rotary tumblers (Lortone) polish rocks through a series of four steps which are outlined below:
Coarse grind 60/90 grit 1Tb/pound
Medium grind 150/220 grit 1Tb/pound
Fine grind 500 grit 1Tb/pound
Polish Titanium Oxide 1/2Tb/pound
Barrels should start out about 3/4 full and not be allowed to drop below 2/3 full. If too much rock grinds away and the barrel becomes less than 2/3 full just add some polished rocks or use plastic pellets to refill. If you do use plastic pellets, keep a separate bag of pellets for each grit so that you do not carry some embedded grit forward and contaminate the next step. To figure the amount of grit, just weigh the barrel empty then fill to 3/4 full with rocks and weigh again. Add enough water to make a slurry (like gravy) with the grit if possible. Too much water just allows the grit to ride on the bottom of the barrel. Each step should run about a week. Step one does all of the shaping so if you are not happy with the roundness after one week, repeat step one with fresh grit. It is common practice to follow the polish step with a one day tumble in water containing a powdered soap like Dreft.
The most common problem is to not get everything properly washed off between steps. Just 1 or 2 grains of grit carried forward can do a lot of damage when they are tumbling around for a week!
Enjoy your tumbler! Be sure to let us know if you're having problems. We'll be happy to try and help you figure out what the problem is. If you're having great success, we love to hear about that too! Bring in some stones for show and tell!