Penny, I have complete instructions for the American
Faceter…including the micrometer. Our Gem and Mineral Society has
an American with the micrometer, though we rarely use it. I will try
to remember to bring the instructions home on Thursday from the
Society and make copies for you.
Meanwhile, I have faceted several stones with the American and find
that the engineering was quite advanced for its day. The tiny
footprint is exceptional and the parts were quite well made though
the protractor tends to self-destruct after a while. I had to make a
new one for our machine and then recalibrate it. I attempted to
teach one of my students to facet with it but it was not successful.
I still don’t know if it was the student or the machine but he never
seemed to grasp the functions. I don’t think it was the
instructor…maybe but don’t think so as I have taught many others
to facet on other machines with no problem.
Anyway, for the novice, the American is a bit difficult to master
but after doing so, should provide good results. The micrometer is a
real plus. I have been told by an engineer who studied the device
that it was 20 years ahead of the technology. I found it made the
machine much easier to use over the manual stop device and resulted
in greater accuracy.
Anyway, will try to get the instructions put together for you and,
if you send me your snail-mail address, will post to you.
Cheers, Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut2