Tag: Sun Lakes Rock

Lost Wax… What’s That All About?

Wax + metal = an original handmade gift.

Linda Shanahan Casting—Lost Wax Process The lost wax casting process is widely used, as it offers asymmetrical casting with very fine details to be manufactured relatively inexpensively. The process involves producing a metal casting using a refractory mold made from a wax replica pattern. Steps involved in the process of lost wax casting are: •…

Meet “The Faceting Fanatic”

Tony's recent faceted pieces showing raw material to faceted stone

Linda Shanahan Think you can facet? Of course, you can. Be you a woman or be you a man Tony can teach you, yes, he is the king The “facet fanatic” it has a nice ring Five seven facets go on the gemstone He’ll help you out. You won’t be alone Cut and then polish…

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…