RCJ Class

Bead and Jump Ring BraceletBack by popular demand!  November’s class is a Bead and Jump Ring Leather bracelet.  You will center a button on a 30″ length of leather cord and tie a knot to secure the button.  Then you will string large-hole gemstone beads and jump rings onto each “leg” of the cord in alternating patterns.  When the desired length is reached, you tie knots to form a loop; the button is passed through the loop to secure the bracelet.  The left-over ends can be enhanced with beads.  Pictured is a bracelet made with red jasper beads and gunmetal jump rings.  The kit cost is TBD.  You can pay for your kit the night of class.

The deadline to sign up for this class is Wednesday, October 24th.  Time is needed to order the large-hole beads.  The signup sheet for this class will be available at the October meeting.  You can also sign up by sending email to hsvgems@gmail.com.


Metalsmithing Class

Stacked EarringsOctober’s project will be stacked earrings.  We will construct earrings using both rivets and solder.  Two styles are pictured.  You will have materials in the kit to make both.  The ovals and triangles picture are three layer metal “sandwiches” which are riveted together.  A jump ring is soldered on the back to attach the ear wires.  The “filling” in the sandwich should be a metal color/texture that will provide contrast.  If you have some 24-26 gauge textured metal you want to use, bring it to class.  The Fan earrings are stacked and soldered.  The kit cost is $5.00.

The signup sheet for this class will be available at the October meeting and during Monday and Thursday sessions.  You can also sign up by sending email to HGMS@wildivystudio.com.

Regular Monthly Meeting

The next regular monthly meeting is October 23rd, 2018 at 6:30p.m. at the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center, 2200 Drake Avenue.   Get there early to “meet and greet” members and visitors!

Mike_GlamOur own Mike Harrison, past HGMS President, will present a refresher course on rock tumbling.  Tumbling is a fun non-stressful way to bring out the beauty of beach pebbles, rock chips or any other small rocks you just can’t part with including left-overs from the lapidary shop!

Lortone and stones

Check us out on Facebook and Pinterest

Do you have a Facebook page? Have you discovered Pinterest, the virtual bulletin board? If so, check out the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society on both sites! We have a Facebook page where we’ve posted photos from our lapidary shop, the 2012 Rock, Gem, and Jewelry Show, and post articles related to rocks, geology, lapidary arts, and anything else that might be of interest to our members. As we get closer to our annual show October 11-13 we’ll also start posting information about the show, what volunteers can do to help out, programs for kids that will be available, and all sorts of information. You can visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/HuntsvilleGMS  Please “Like” our page and share posts with your friends!

On Pinterest, we have been busy finding links to lapidary resources, interesting magazines, gem and mineral pages, other gem and mineral clubs, and interesting geology resources. There really is some great information out there and we’re trying to post information useful to our members and rock hounds around our area. Check out our Pinterest page here: http://pinterest.com/huntsvillegms/  Please follow our page and repin our posts! We’ll follow you back!

If anyone is interested in helping maintain these sites, just let us know!

How to Contact Us

So, one of the administrators of this page just realized that she hasn’t been checking the club’s Gmail email account since she set it up. Apologies for very late replies! The email address is now being forwarded, so if you have any questions, someone will see your email pretty quickly. Also, remember that if you have questions about the club, our meetings, or our lapidary shop, you can also send email addresses to our officers, listed on our Contacts page.