David V. Horste of DVHdesigns is a lapidary artist who makes designer focal beads, pendants, and earrings as well as supplying cabochons for other jewelers work. He works in semiprecious stone and upcycled materials such as Fordite (car paint build up) and patterned glass. His work is done with diamond saws, grinding wheels, drills, sanding belts, and polishing wheels. He sells his work internationally. David has been cutting stones since 1976, beginning at age 10, and has been a full time stonecutter since 1992. So many years of experience working in and researching such a wide variety of materials has given him an incredible body of knowledge on many stone and jewelry related topics. His studio is filled with rocks and gems from all over the world, ranging from familiar materials like turquoise and lapis lazuli to exotic things such as petrified dinosaur bone and fossil mammoth ivory. When he wants to spice things up with some bright color he might cut up some old chipped Fiestaware or a traffic light lens. Freelance lapidary is a unique folk art in North America. It's a very time consuming craft which requires tremendous patience and practice.
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