Another great workshop last weekend saw another 7 members learn new skills in enamelling, thanks to our instructors Helen and Carol. A fun weekend with a variety of creative talent on show. Some fantastic pieces were created and some participants have already finished their items into jewellery.
Only 2 weeks to go to our 2015 gem show. The traders are all getting their stock together in anticipation of a great show. Vicki Scott who trades as Juelles specialises in sterling silver jewellery and is offering a free chain with every pendant purchased. See more of Juelles stock at http://www.juelles.com
One area of activity at North Brisbane Lapidary Club that remains popular is lost wax casting. A session is run about every 6 weeks. Members purchase waxes from a variety of sources and then sprue and invest their moulds in individual flasks. Generally the flasks are set over night to burn out and the metal is melted and thrown in the centrifugal caster after about an 8 hour kiln program.
The next work session is scheduled for 27 February so there is plenty of time to get names onto the list – limit of 12 per session. The session is suitable for beginners as instruction will be given and assistance available for new members to help them understand the process.
The photo shows flasks with moulds being prepared for investing ready to sell at the upcoming gem and jewellery festival.
A lot of members have a supply of prehnite from Wave Hill after our field trip this year. In the last few years I have seen several members attempt to facet this material. Although it is interesting as a gem it tends to be quite “milky” in appearance and therefore has little brilliance. Vikki Thomsen has been cutting some prehnite in different designs as well as various colours and I think has created a spectacular gem with the golden yellow shown here. Although the stone is golden in natural light, it also has a green tinge on the edge of the facets. Well done Vikki
Great day on Sunday with only a small crew of members attending. Lost wax casting went off with the normal efficiency and a few failures for which we did not have an answer. Most of the members who cast some jewellery spent part of the day cleaning up and polishing their creations.
Richard had his own show and tell with a large piece of mother of pearl that he purchased on their recent trip to Broome. Richard had made some cabochons of the mother of pearl and is now busy setting them in bezel settings. Interestingly, Richard has made a box bezel with a cutout back and then turned it over so that the rub over edge is at the back of the setting. Looks very nice and impressed the other members. Richard also took the opportunity to cab a few pieces of Prehnite from the dish of slabs donated.
After several weeks of the tumbler running in the shed, Carol has produced a few kilos of tumbled polished stones ready for next year’s show.