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June 2013
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Keynote Video --- A Guide to Preparing Metal Laps for Gem Cutting
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Welcome to the latest edition of The SomeTimes Newsletter!
Image by Jean-Noel Soni of Top Notch Faceting
Image by Jean-Noel Soni of Top Notch Faceting 

We thank you for all your interesting comments, super stones, and the feedback on the products we make.
How quickly a year goes by!  Next month will be the 6th annual Franklin Faceters Frolic - known by us on the inside as the FFF6. 




   Tom Maxwell
  A few views from previous FFF's

Location: Franklin, North Carolina - July 26 - 27, 2013



FFF6 will be on July 26 and 27 - in Franklin , North Carolina.  To get the most current what, where and how information, check the FFF6 website


FFF6 is a great opportunity to learn (as we've said, a nice thing about faceting is that however proficient you have become, there's always more to learn) - share information -check out equipment (see the Ultra Tec Faceting and Fantasy machines!" - buy Laps, Rough - of course, get to know other faceters.


Noteworthy at FFF6




July 26th, Friday, will be a day of GemCad training.  There will be a Beginner GemCad Class from 9AM to Noon, and an Advanced GemCad Class from 1PM to 4PM.  If you haven't been using GemCad, or not using it to its full capability, this is real opportunity for you - doing the presentation will be Robert Strickland himself, the developer of GemCad, lecturing and answering questions.   

Read about it on the website - you need to register in advance, so don't delay.  To pay for the GemCad classes, there are 3 check, PayPal, or credit card ($25 each session).


Tom Maxwell (that's him in this picture) is handling the organization of the lectures and seminars.  


To contact Tom, his phone is 1-803 600 9450; his email address is 





Saturday, July 27, 2013








Lisa Elser: Heat treating Gems 

- 1.00pm to 2.00pm



"Heat treatment of gems dates back to ancient times, but many there is little practical information for faceters on the hows and whys.
This talk will look at the whys to give a high level technical understanding of heat treatment but also at techniques and processes for heating your own tourmaline, tanzanite, zircon and aquamarine." Lisa New


Lisa is an award-winning professional faceter from Vancouver, BC





Howard Bromley

Dr Howard Bromley: "Competition Cutting"

 - 3.00pm - 4.00pm



Dr. Howard Bromley will speak to you about participating in faceting competitions.  Howard is well experienced in he subject, having taken part in the USFG Competition, and, perhaps most notably, having been  member of Team USA in the 2012 Australian International Faceting Challenge.  And, he has been invited to be on Team USA for the 2014 Australian competition.  So, he brings first-hand knowledge about what it's like, what is required of the competitor, and how the stones are judged.


Howard is from Memphis, Tennessee.  He is Editor of the USFG Newsletter.        



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Keynote Video --- A Guide to Preparing Metal Laps for Gem Cutting by Stephen Kotlowski

Preparing Metal Laps for Gem Cutting
Preparing Metal Laps for Gem Cutting


FAUCET KIT...not "new", but dusted-off...



About  3 months ago, "out of the blue", there was, a flurry of orders for the Faucet Kit.  Why did that happen?  We have no idea - perhaps it was Sun spots.  This little-promoted accessory had magically become popular.  So, we looked it over - and came up with an improved reservoir - increased in capacity to 2 gallons - (which provides the user with a very long time between refills).  This is Joe's setup at home - the reservoir needs to be elevated , to provide the gravity feed - so it is set up on a little Lap cabinet  -shown in this photo.


Joe reports that he likes the large capacity - and, that it has a nice snap-lock lid, and, positioned as it is, it doesn't "hover" over the Lap.


They are available - Reservoir, feed tube, and Faucet.   

It is order code 1501.7, the price is $116. 


The Faucet fits into the hole in the Baseplate that holds the Drip Tank post.   







Tom Cooke Smith

Tom Cooke Smith

 Adamas Instrument Co., Largo Florida



Tom is Director of Adamas Instrument Co. in Largo. Florida - his website is  Since 1985, Tom has applied his inventive  skills to faceting, and in particular, the science of polishing.  As a professional gemcutter, Tom cuts both diamonds and colored stones.  He has published articles on colored stone faceting, has designed and built equipment for diamond polishing, and lately has focused on developing polishing laps for colored stones, including his enthusiastically reviewed Matrix Lap.


He's a guy with proven abilities, a scientific approach, and we know he'll continue to contribute to our world of faceting.







Gerry Boykin Gerry Boykin

Etowah, NC 


Gerry Boykin of Etowah, NC - near Hendersonville, where he is active with the Hendersonville Gem and Mineral Society. Gerry is an enthusiastic V5 user - and he is learning the ropes on his newer Fantasy Machine - he reports that he's "intrigued by" the new challenge.   


Gerry got his first Ultra Tec over 20 years ago, when, as a resident of nearby San Diego, he visited the factory.  He has become a highly knowledgeable expert facetor - and we are pleased with the "reappearance" on the scene of this good friend.


Gerry is an innovative guy - ready to share ideas - and we happy that he has joined the Ultra Tec team.



V5 Faceting Machine
V5 Faceting Machine - Intro Video Ad


Once again, thank you as always for your interest in ULTRA TEC and our products. We'll be in touch again soon with the next Sometimes Bulletin. 


The Ultra Tec Team


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