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.
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