Cabochon cutting is better known as “cabbing”, and although it requires a reasonable amount of skill, almost anyone can master this technique.
A Cabochon is a polished rock that has a flat back and domed top surface. A freeform is any polished rock that is not faceted and does not comply with the rules of a Cabochon.
The Society has an extensive range of cabbing equipment for the use by its members.
Cabochon cutting at Mt Gravatt Lapidary Society starts with the diamond sintered wheels, which are designed for the cutting & shaping of the cabochon.
Once the Cabochon has been shaped it is time to move onto the soft wheels, these wheels remove and refine the scratches while giving a pre-polish to the cabochon.
The final stage of cutting a cabochon is to obtain a high polish, At MGLS, we use a suede wheel with tin oxide polish. This combination gives a highly polished finished cabochon of competition quality.
The Introductory Cabochon Cutting Course is taught at the Society during the Monday evening, Tuesday evening, Wednesday Morning & Thursday evening sessions. These sessions are run by experienced cutters who willing donate their time to teach new members the techniques of cutting a high quality cabochon.