East Texas Gem and Mineral Society
Pictures from our Lapidary / Jewelry Group meeting.
If you are interested in many of the different areas of the Lapidary Arts, this would be the group for you. We try to shape the group meeting around the needs and wants of the group. Our meeting cover things like cutting rough material, cabochons making, wire wrapping jewelry, tumbling rock, making gem trees, faceting, and any other area that might concern the group.
The Lapidary / Jewelry Group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and is open to all ETGMS members age 14 and above. To have your name put of the email list for updates and meeting location information, contact Terry Roberts at the email address below.
We are planning on offering a new course in silversmithing and another course in basic wirewrapping in the near future. The silversmithing course has not been offered before and will be taught by the very talented Kinney Polve at his work shop at a date to be determined later. Due to equipment limitations, he can only teach two students at a time, so several classes my be needed to accommodate all who are interested in learning this skill. Kinney is working on getting an estimate of the cost of materials for the class and will announce the fee for the new class later.
Kinney and I will also be offering another class in basic wirewrapping to be taught at Kinney's work shop. This class is free and all the tools and copper wire used in the class will be donated by the club. However, please note that the tools belong to the club and will not become the property of the student. Kinney is trying to find an inexpensive source for cabs for the class to use, but you will not be charged for the cab. However, if you already have a cab that you want to use, be sure to let us know and bring it with you when you attend the class. We have decided to limit the class size to no more than 4 students per instructor in order to complete the course in one day. Thus, the class size is limited to 8 students per session.
The June meeting of the L/J Group will be this coming Saturday (June 10) at the home of Terry Roberts starting at 2:00 pm. This will be an open forum meeting so that members can bring their new projects to show the other group members. Also, the group may be able to help you if you have run into any problems completing your project. This will be a valuable learning experience for the group. In addition, I have acquired a large collection of slabs that you can go through to find that special material you need for your project. I only ask that you bring it to a meeting and show the rest of us what you did with the slab. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for this or future L/J Group meetings. Please let me know if you need directions to my house.
I have attached an updated Group roster for your files. Please review it to make sure that all the information is correct. Also, let me know if I have left anyone off the roster that you think should be on it or have made a mistake in the spelling of their e-mail address. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming meeting.