Gemstone carving

Gemstone carving – not rocket science

The workshop will be focused on jewellery-scale stone carving using flex shaft and hand tools as well on how to set up an affordable workshop so that the participants can continue working in their own studios or even in their homes.

We'll learn how to cut stones; quickly remove large amounts of material; how to shape stones into soft and roundish or more complicated angular forms and how to smooth their surface step by step until either polished or matte finish is achieved.
During the workshop, we will make tools, work with different materials, discuss progress made along with the failures; both in the group and individually.

Tools & Supplies

ISA Supplies:

  • engraving hand-machines, 
  • basic stones 25-30€ (further material is available for sale), 
  • using and making of (your own) tools 50-75€ - according to need or use.

Participants need to bring:

  • security glasses,
  • waterproof apron.

Teacher: Julia-Maria Künnap (EE)


Course details

  • 26 - 30 August 2024
  • duration: 5 days, 35 hrs
  • participants: min. 6 / max. 10
  • language: English / Estonian

WORKS BY Julia-Maria Künnap

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