JANUARY 2016:The club’s efforts during January were focused on our biennial gem show which was held on the 8th and 9th of January. For a full report on the show, go to Page: 2016 GEM SHOWFEBRUARY: The new silversmithing room and glass fusing area are getting a lot of interest from members. Some of Diane W’s glass fusing work is shown in the photos ‘above left’. MARCH: Club members visited the Gemkhana at Geelong. It was a good show with some great displays and some good buy’s were found by club members in the tailgating area. Diane topped up her faceting ‘rough’ , other members purchased cabbing/tumbling supplies.On Sunday 27th club members manned the BBQ at Bunnings as a clubfund raiser. Thanks must go to Kay Keen, the club’s treasurer who did much of the organisation and helped run the BBQ . The funds raised will help pay for the club’s running costs. L to R: Bunnings staff member, Janice, Diane, Steve, Diana.APRIL:Following demand from members to do silversmithing, the relevant area has been increased to enable Anthony to tutor more members in the enlarged area. The glass fusing area had been relocated and we hope this will improve facilities for all members.24th. Three club members joined a dozen members of the Horsham club for a fossicking trip to ‘Morrisons’, located between Geelong and Ballarat. The weather was great and the Horsham members were a great bunch to fossick with. It took a little time to locate what we believed to be the correct fossicking area. Morrison’s is a popular area and there were plenty of campers in the area including bushwalkers, trail bike riders and gold panners.The first significant find was a large snake! They tend to come with warm weather, water and lots of vegetation. Members kept a good lookout after that. There were some finds and two cabs I cut are shown above left. The chert does take a good polish!Left: Fossicking in dry creek bed.Kay Keen ‘speccing’ for chert.Lunch break at Morrisons!
May: Some of Kay K’s recent glass fusing work is shown in the photos below. A new area of activity for several of our members.
Therese fully focused on her faceting!Club members in the cabbing areaJune: Club members have been making full use of the silversmithing area since it was opened. One example of the lovely pendant is shown left. The setting being produced by Helen.
5/6/16 Three club members, Alan A., Kay K. and Diane W., travelled up to the Horsham gem show. The show was held in the club’s rooms located at 24 Roberts Av. in the centre of Horsham. The club’s rooms are in the ‘old police station’, adjacent to the current police station. A very secure location!!As always the club’s members are very welcoming and friendly, a great group of lapidaries. They make excellent use of the space they have with cabbing, silversmithing, faceting and display areas. The photos below will give you a flavour of the show and clubrooms.