This post together with the previous one is somewhat overdue. Our Gem and Jewellery Festival has been and gone for another year. Before we start planning the show for 2019 we are taking a short break to look at what we have achieved:
The weekend went great thanks to many of our club members who volunteered their time as well as the family members that got roped into helping. In addition we had some amazing help from the Sandgate Scouts. As organiser of the show I cannot thank all of you enough. Without you volunteering your time, muscle and cooking skills the show would not anywhere near as successful.
We had 64 traders (in the hall and outside) and an estimated 2,000 visitors. Our club stall was busy with the fossicking area. The jewellery making demonstrations went well and were greatly appreciated. We might look at it again next year.
Both days we drew the Lucky Door Prizes that were all picked up by the happy winners.
The raffle prizes were won by:
1. Prize (Sapphire Ringe): Brian B
2. Prize (Amethyst Amulet): Samara S.
3. Prize: (Jade & Silver Bracelet): Pat D.
The weather gods were with us and the rain held off until Sunday afternoon. The storm clouds threatened everyone enough that we managed to get home in reasonable time. Despite the sun and heat we managed to sell nearly 50kg of sausages and the addition of a barista style coffee cart was a big hit among the visitors, dealers and volunteers.
Thankfully there was only a minor medical incident that was seen to by our First Aid Officers.
All in all we had a great show and despite the hard work that went in lots of fun and time for laughter and a sausage. So again, a big thank you to all volunteers, traders and visitors and we are looking forward to welcome you at the North Brisbane Lapidary Gem Show in 2019.
The North Brisbane Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Festival has been a massive success. Thanks to all of our volunteers who turned up and worked hard to make another show a success for the visitors, dealers and ourselves.
We also have to say “Thank You” to local businesses who have supported us – both financial and with goods. These businesses were:
- McDonalds Bracken Ridge who donated meals to our hardworking set-up volunteers.
- Nathan Street Bakery – 130 Nathan St, Brighton QLD 4017. If you are in the area, don’t forget to drop in and try their yummy baking goods.
For outstanding sausages and meats go to:
- Rode Meats – 261 Appleby Rd, Stafford Heights QLD 4053
- Marjax Meats – 743-757 Deception Bay Rd, Rothwell QLD 4022
- For fresh fruit & veggies and great prices check out T-Bone Fresh Fruit Market – Robinson Road Marketplace; 605 Robinson Rd W, Aspley QLD 4034
- Nadras Eggs – 65 Muller Rd, Boondall QLD 4034
- Woolworths Bracken Ridge – 154 Barrett Street
- Coles Bracken Ridge – Bracken Ridge Village, Telegraph Rd, Bracken Ridge QLD 4017
- Woolworths Aspley – 95 Albany Creek Road
- Woolworths Albany Creek – Old Northern Rd, Albany Creek QLD 4035
And last but by no means least we are sending a massive thank you to the Sandgate Scouts and Venturers who helped us for three days. The young helpers were absolutely amazing, on the ball and always looking for more work to be done. It was a pleasure and honour working with you.
The North Brisbane Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Show 2018 is only 14 days away from kicking off. We can’t wait to open the doors and let people roam among the stalls, enjoying a Barista made coffee or having fun at the fossicking.
And not to forget our annual raffle which will help us raise some needed funds to buy new tools so we can replace the old ones. This year we have yet again some great prizes that where handmade by club members. For only $1 per ticket you can be in the draw for one of these great items:
And if these prizes don’t tempt you, how about our Lucky Door Prize. Also made by club members, they will be drawn every two hours at the show. All you have to do is complete the FREE form, drop it in the box on stage and stay around for the next draw. While you are waiting for the draw, have a meander around the show and look at all the beautiful items on display and – even better – for sale.
The counter says it all – the day of our Gem Show opening is coming closer. In fact for those who are organising the show it is racing towards us.
We are all working hard behind the scenes to make this show another success.
This year we have made a few changes: you will find new dealers at the show, the fossicking area has been moved and we are selling real coffee – Barista made. There are even rumours of milk shakes and muffins.
The theme is Quartz and this week anyone participating in the competition will have to hand in their entries: faceting, cabbing and jewellery. And while you are on the stage to check out the competition winners, have a look at the display of Quartz and the hand made jewellery.
So if you have not yet booked the date, put it in your calendar as you don’t want to miss out on having a look around the show with all there is on offer.
We are looking forward welcoming you at Bracken Ridge State High School for our annual gem show.
The planning of our next gem show is in full swing. Save the 3rd & 4th of March in your calendar.
We have a new team organising the canteen and for the first time we will have Barrista made coffee available. And I have heard rumours of milk shakes as well!
The theme of the show 2018 is “Quartz”. So reserve the weekend to check out what is quartz. And see the results of the competitions. I have seen many at the club working on pieces to enter. SO it will be interesting.
More news closer to the date.
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