Jewelry Arts Classes, Tools & Lapidary

Classes

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.  We are excited to be starting in-person classes again.  Classes will be limited to six students per class and proof of vaccination will be required in advance.  Mask requirements will be based on CDC recommendations.

We have found that students in Silversmithing 1 are the most likely to need individual attention so we are currently limiting those classes to four students.  Because of that, and the limited number of Saturdays available in each month, the Saturday Silversmithing 1 classes are the most likely to be sold out.  We encourage new silversmithing students to try and sign up for one of the weekday options which are nearly always available and less expensive!

Open Studio for Veberod students is now arranged directly with Camille and paid for in the store.  Normally, Open Studio time is Wednesday evening from 4-7 for $30 but always check with Camille before coming in.

There is a discount available for retaking a class (RETAKE).  Please use the code only when applicable.

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Tools

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Lapidary

We carry Lortone lapidary equipment as well as a full line of sintered diamond carving points and tumbling supplies. If you want to learn to make cabochons, we teach one-on-one classes in that as well with purchase of equipment.

Lortone Tumblers

Lortone tumblers are known for their durability and quiet operation. Their all rubber barrels have been the standard in rotary tumblers for many years. We stock Lortone tumblers from 3# to 12# capacity.

Tumbling Tips

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!

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