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Congratulations to Stonemon and his Trent Agate Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 11:39:19 AM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by ivanhoe
Not sure where to post this question? If it doesn't fit please feel free to move it where it will do the most good. Question being ... Is there or do they manufacture a round wire rolling mill? That is, roll out a round wire. I have a small mill but the wire is square and you have to use a round wire draw plate to make it round.

Does any of our forum members have a round wire mill capable of rolling round wire and what are your impressions of it?
How round is the wire it rolls ... what would be a good mill manufacturer and cost expected to pay for one? Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you very much!  IV

 on: Today at 10:24:14 AM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by PhilNM
I started because I enjoyed it. I quit because it became a futile activity. People turning on saws and walking away, leaving them on. People plugging in and turning on equipment that you are preforming maintenance on, even after being told it was out of service. People who have no skill who ask you to do the work then go brag about hat they did. People who take advantage, people who cheat, are rude, etc etc etc.... Having to beg for replacement parts when the class "bank" was in the thousands.  Glad you guys still enjoy it, but it became a chore for me. I was very happy to no longer have to be there 2x a week, and not being allowed to take a break for a couple weeks, etc. just a bad situation. after I left, the other long time instructors also walked. Now it's a free for all and the equipment shows it.

 on: Today at 07:58:30 AM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by ileney
That Picasso looks like it is on fire! Wonderful!

 on: Today at 07:44:04 AM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Stonemon

 on: February 19, 2018, 08:14:50 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Asianfire
WOW. Nice work everyone!

 on: February 19, 2018, 07:46:06 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Sapphireminer
You have all put up such beautiful work and it is only the middle of the month I am stumped as to who I will vote for.

 on: February 19, 2018, 06:48:19 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by bobby1
I really enjoy teaching. I have been teaching lapidary, jewelry making and casting for many years at various venues. The money is nice but not a priority for me. I get my fulfillment from the excitement the students have when something they have done turns out great. One big advantage our club has is the constant input of new members from the Junior College's classes. The college's teacher is a member of our club and she is constantly recruiting for us. Currently our club is having a significant growth in membership. We also have a fully manned dedicated membership table at our annual show. Last year it resulted in 31 new member applications two of which were individuals and the rest were families. I'm the Membership Chairman for the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies so I'm always working on ideas and programs that the member societies can use to improve their new member recruitment activities.

 on: February 19, 2018, 06:30:41 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Here's my entry - Picasso Marble

 on: February 19, 2018, 04:59:51 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by 55fossil
Oooouch....  Sorry, I have to half disagree with PhilNM.    I have paid professional money for classes in metal smithing and carving. I also had nearly free classes in how to cut Idaho Star Garnets and how to make triplets with Idaho Opal. Some people enjoy to teach and have no care about the money. I always left some nice cutting material for the instructors and they most likely gave it out in later classes.

    There is nothing wrong with requiring a fair wage for giving classes. But just because some of the folks out there cannot afford $20 an hour plus shop fees and materials does not make them undeserving or mean they will not appreciate the class. There will always be those types you do not like in your class, whether it is free or you charge a fortune. Sometimes those folks that set in on a free class find something they will enjoy for the rest of their lives. They may not have taken the class if it was expensive.  no right, no wrong, just what makes us happy......  pretty rocks for me

remember when you were a newbie??????????????????????????????

 on: February 19, 2018, 03:25:50 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Stonemon
Auscarver, you hit it out of the park.
I cut this one today... Blue Mountain Jasper.
69x22x8 mm just over 3" long.

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