Happenings in the Rock, Gem and Silver Club

This picture shows just some of the great things our members have made in Sun Lakes Rock Gem and Silver Club. You can too!

This picture shows just some of the great things our members have made in Sun Lakes Rock Gem and Silver Club. You can too!

John Harrill

Our club is one of the oldest and friendliest clubs in Sun Lakes. We welcome new members from complete novices to experienced artists. Our club member-volunteers teach people who have never been handy how to make jewelry and art objects they are proud to wear and show. In addition, our modern shops provide opportunities for experienced craft-persons to work on their own projects.

Not only do we make jewelry, our members make polished bears and book ends from rough stone, Ming trees, beads and decorated gourds. Qualified members can use all three of our workshops. One of our shops is located in each of the three phases. Our club provides (novice through expert) craft classes. In addition, for those with basic experience to senior crafts-persons, we offer year-round, open shop hours to pursue personal projects in a safe, friendly environment. Our Open Shop Monitors are available to answer questions and instruct proper use of shop equipment. You will find our shops as well equipped or better than any in the area; all are air-conditioned in summer. All of the crafts that we offer are listed on our website at www.SunLakesRockandGem.org. We also provide informative pamphlets in each of our shops that are free to interested people. These pamphlets list the crafts that we offer and additional information about our club. Some of the more popular crafts we offer are: lapidary; silversmithing; lost wax; wire wrapping; beading; faceting; as well as precious metal clay (PMC) where clay-like materials are formed, kiln fired, and become metal art or jewelry. PMC work is done in silver and base metals such as copper and bronze. For socials, our club has an annual appreciation luncheon for our volunteers; a Christmas/Hanukkah party in December; and we have an annual club picnic each spring. We always have good times at these events; over 80 members and guests attended our Christmas/Hanukkah party last December.

To learn more about our club please come to our meetings. Our club is open to all Sun Lakes residents. We welcome and encourage guests at our meetings. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for our general meetings on the third Monday of every month (October through April). We gather before each meeting at 10:00 a.m. for coffee, cookies and socializing. We have sign-up sheets and examples of what will be made for up-coming classes. We also have a silent auction with good deals on donated supplies and equipment.

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 17 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Navajo Room. We hope to see you there.