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Faceting 101

By Arya Akhavan

Originally published in Sept 2014 USFG Newsletter


Arya’s series of FACETING 101 videos provide a great learning and teaching experience to both the beginner and experienced faceter.  Here is the index to the YouTube Video Series from Start to finish (click the link below and the video should start):


1 - Introduction – Main Parts of a faceting machine    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD6ZlNmtwmM

2 - Dops   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xli8iqW5ciU

 3 - Laps     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdhgT0B6jT4

4 - Choosing Rough    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFnyOJ_Y8a8

5 - Preforming   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfDSTx3vMl4

6 - Dopping   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3qmqw5vbUY

7 - Faceting the pavilion   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwlmvvHArgI

8 – Faceting the girdle   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R11yQv6jg5k

9 – Prepolishing   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGyudt0WvyM

 10 – Polishing   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHfPmkEAQYY

 11 – Transferring   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmxeCcLahJY

12 – Cutting the crown   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loFi8QTaD6k

 13 – Cutting the table   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoiEDukIoag

14 – Undopping the stone  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy_9nsk_5es

  15 – Closing   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IikkCJ_e-wg


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Each new member is encouraged to post a short bio to the list upon joining to help us to get to know each other better.

Please keep your posts to the USFGfaceterslist confined to topical matters of interest to the entire group. The USFGfaceterslist is dedicated to education and the sharing of information about faceting - posts of questions and answers, tips, techniques, hints, help and other faceting related information are appropriate and encouraged. When responding to a message, decide for yourself if your response should be sent directly to the individual as an off-list, private email, or if it's of interest to the group at large.

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Members suspected of list harvesting e-mail addresses will be banned.

Please submit your posts to the USFGfaceterslist using plain text only and not in HTML or "rich text" formats. Graphics, binaries, and email attachments are stripped from posts and will not be directly distributed to the USFGfaceterslist.

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Just finish a stone? You're invited to share what you've cut and your results with us!

Announcements and Advertisements: 
Hobbyists with wants or faceting equipment to sell are encouraged to submit wanted or for sale posts to that effect. Manufacturers, distributors, dealers and commercial entities who traffic in faceting related equipment and rough are welcome as USFGfaceterslist members as participants and may also periodically post ads or notices to the USFGfaceterslist.

Please clearly designate all advertisements and commercial announcements by preceding the other terms in your post's subject line with "Advertisement: ".

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Notices of club or guild meetings, shows, and other events of interest to the faceting community at large are always welcome.

If you have a lengthy list of items to advertise, do not post your entire list - simply summarize what's on your list and provide an email address or URL for further information.

Announcements and advertisements are provided for informational purposes only. The USFGfaceterslist or USFG do not endorse or otherwise recommend any seller or advertiser, and strongly advises you to scrutinize and make your own determinations as to the integrity and qualifications of those with whom you deal.

Member suggestions or comments on USFGfaceterslist administration, and how you think this resource could be improved or should be changed are welcome. They may be directed to usfgfaceterslist-owner@yahoogroups.com

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The USFGfaceterslist (Yahoo Groups) is owned and moderated by Jeff Ford (jeffinkzoo@sbcglobal.net)