Tutorial #6 ~ Cabochon Wirewrap ~ Myra Soroczak

20150310_195310I’m excited to announce Myra Soroczak on 9 June 2015 will lead Tutorial #6  on Wire Wrapping a Cabochon.  For HGMS members wanting to participate, signups start Tuesday, 12 May 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Center Paint Room.  A supply list and required tools will be announced within the next week.

More to come! :)

Tutorial #4 – Wirewrap Ring Kit with Julie Eve on 14 April

FB_IMG_1427731111351Tutorial #4

Julie Eve will do a Wirewrap Ring tutorial (Beginning Level) on 14 April 2015.  Kits are $5 and have all the materials needed to make 8 rings (a plastic ring mandrel plus 8 pieces of wire 12 inches to 18 inches long and beads (8 mm, 10mm & 12mm).  The only other supplies needed are wire cutters and flat nose pliers or bent nose pliers.  If you don’t want to buy a kit bring a ring mandral, 20 gauge wire and beads.

Please get with Julie Eve if you would like just the ring mandrel at $2, or separate wires or beads.  There is colored wire, copper, brass & silver plated wire.  There is a combination of wire that is soft or half hard.

Click here for instructions:  Simple Wire Wrap ring tutorial by Lytha

You don’t want to miss this one folks.  It is the beginning of learning how to wirewrap!


7 April 2015:  Free form/finish tutorials

14 April 2015: Wirewrap ring with Julie Eve. Reserve your kit now. Posting in news section and jewelry activity. Thank you Julie.

21 April 2015: Free form/finish tutorials.

28 April 2015: HGMS Auction

5 May 2015:  Linda McKinney will demonstrate wirewrapping an Intermediate/Advanced ring.  Materials/tools list is in progress and will be announced at the 14 April meeting.

12 May 2015: Free form/finish tutorials.

19 May 2015: Facebook with Mindy Schell.  How to get started, go over Security Features, and sharing lapidary artistry information through Facebook.  Although everyone is invited to sit and watch it is most advantageous to bring your computer laptop or IPAD.  Laptop preferred.  Notepad and pen/pencil and a hotspot app on your phone if you have one.  Projector will be used for viewing.

26 May 2015: HGMS Meeting


Introducing the Pebble Pups!

Do you have kids who want to dig in the dirt, go on hikes to find rocks and fossils, go to a mine and discover gems, or learn to smash rocks with a rock hammer? If you do, join our new Pebble Pups! We are the kids of the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society. We are between 8 and 13 years old and the only rule is a parent or guardian have to tag along.

Kickoff Rock Hunt!! We are going to have a kickoff hike for new Pups on March 22nd at 2:00 pm at Wade Mountain Greenway to look for fossils! Remember to bring at least one parent (and no, your Mom or Dad is not the fossil we are looking for).

More Information About Pebble Pups:

Who Are The Pebble Pups? Kids between the ages of 8 and 13

Where We Meet: Madison County Senior Center at 2200 Drake Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805. Park in the back of the building and go in the door to the left of Meals on Wheels.

When We Meet: The second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 pm until we are done which is usually 7:00 pm, plus weekend outings

Cost: Parents need to join the HGMS ($15/person or $20/family)

Other Info: Your parent or guardian must come with you

CANCELLED – Jewelry Activity Night on 17 February 2015 due to Weather

Tonight’s Jewelry Activity Night (17 February 2015) has been cancelled due to weather.  Due to freezing temperatures and black ice that will be on bridges and roads leading to he Senior Center, we are postpoining Jim Treadway’s Wirewrapping Discussion and signups until 10 March at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Everyone’s safety is important to me.  Please take care and stay warm.

VR Mindy Schell




Jewelry Activity Night Kickoff 3 February 2015


Our first Jewelry Activity Meeting will kickoff on 3 February 2015 at the Senior Center for HGMS Members.  Meeting times would be every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. other than HGMS meeting nights. The idea is for HGMS members to meet and share what they know about jewelry making. There will be scheduled Tuesday nights with beginning tutorials, free form get-togethers, and intermediate & advanced classes with signups available.

Beginning Tutorials

Website for first tutorial is from Domestic Divaonline website:  http://www.domestic-divaonline.com/Site_1/silver-shade-necklace.html

The beginning tutorials are free for HGMS members.  The tutorials are free on many websites.   Kits are $5 and help the beginning jewelers off to a good start.  We have 7 kits left for signup so please contact Mindy Schell at 334-790-0671 to reserve yours.  We urge members to bring their own tools and the tool list is below.  The beginning tutorial is intended to instruct the person in what tools/jewelry supplies are needed so the person can be a self starter on jewelry making.  There is also an option to bring all of your own supplies/tools and join us.  Please reference above link for supplies.

Tools: For first night, folks need:

1. Two pairs of Pliers, which can be any combination of Needle, Chain, Flat or Bent Nose

2. Wire Cutters

3. Crimping Pliers (optional)

4. Round Nose Pliers (optional)

On subsequent Jewelry Activity nights the plan is to have members bring their own supplies and tools unless we do another jewelry supply kit for Activity Night.  Sign-up for activities will be at the HGMS Meetings as well as the Jewelry Activity Nights.

Intermediate and Advanced Classes

We are currently coordinating Intermediate and Advanced Jewelry Classes.  We will be asking our experienced HGMS members to provide instruction.  More information to come at the HGMS meeting and/or the Jewelry Activity Night Kickoff on 3 February.


Our goal is to get HGMS members together to share what they know regarding jewelry development, creativity, and the different types…and there is so many.  We will start with beginning jewelry tutorials to bring confidence to those just starting and then move on to intermediate and advanced.  This will be a great time for the more experienced jewelry makers to mentor beginning jewelry makers and new members coming in.  Exciting to say the least, with some tutorials and membership sharing, we will be able to take our finished cabochons and beads bought from the show and make some beautiful creations!