Tag: Sun Lakes Rock

Artists Who Aspire to Inspire

"I Nita Help" Nita Metzbower to the rescue

Linda Shanahan Anita Metzbower, she’s a real rock star Need some help? You needn’t look far Botched your piece? You’re not alone She’ll help you solder or set a stone You’ll always find her in the shop You ask for help; She’ll always stop She loves lost wax and silver, too But most of all…

SLRGS Club, Queens of Copper

Sandy Peterson and Patti O’Neill show off a variety of bracelets created in the SLRGS Club shop using copper and mixed metals.

Linda Shanahan Last month we spotlighted silversmithing. The same techniques used to create pendants, bracelets, rings, and earrings out of silver can be used with a less expensive metal, copper. Copper can be readily purchased in sheets, wire, or beads. Copper wire is used to make woven wire bracelets; add a bead or two here…

Sun Lakes Rock, Gem and Silver Club

Nancy Hibbard

Linda Shanahan Learn Stained Glass from this Lass We’ve a stained glass queen, her name is Nancy She’ll get you started, it can’t be real fancy No need to worry, she’ll teach step by step The woman’s amazing, she’s so full of pep You’ll pick out your pattern then number and pin If you make…

Summer fun with rock collecting

Stephanie Reisenbuchler Although the Sun Lakes Rock, Gem and Silver Club is not having regular meetings during the summer, there are ongoing open shops for members who have participated during the year and purchased the necessary shop stamps and passed the club safety requirements. Summer is a great time for adventures, and many members, whether…

Tucson Gem Show happening February 1-17

Doug Williams We’re lucky to be close to Tucson! Why? Because the world’s largest gathering of Rock Shows happens this month! What’s it called? Collectively, it’s known as the “Tucson Gem Show.” How long does it last? Two weeks: February 1 to 17. It’s more than one show! Actually, it’s a massive accumulation of 43…

What are you going to make?

Doug Williams That’s the first question you’ll want to think about when you join the Sun Lakes Rock, Gem & Silver Club. Will it be a ring? A bracelet? A necklace? A pendant? A belt buckle? A fetish bear? A stained glass? Earrings? Gourds? Precious metal clay? Maybe some stringing of beads or wire wrap…

What makes a gemstone sparkle?

Now that you’ve completed your prerequisite Lapidary One course, it’s time to move up the gem ladder to faceting! So, what’s a facet? A facet relates to the word face, which is one of the flat polished “faces” of a faceted gemstone like a genuine diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, amethyst, topaz or other less expensive…

Like working with stones? Rock into gemstones

  Doug Williams “Lapidary” is the process relating to the art of cutting and polishing rocks and gems. A “Lapidarist” is an individual who cuts and polishes precious and semi-precious stones. As an example, diamonds are precious stones and an amethyst is a semi-precious stone. To help you find out more, visit one of the…