Malachite
WARRNAMBOOL GEM CLUB
Close up view of Canadian Ammonite shell

2017 Club Activities

JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER
JANUARY   In preparation for the reopening of the club workshop for 2017, Jeff and Steve, with some help from Alan, undertook the replacement of several sets of bearings in the club grinders and trim saws. The new drum  sander was installed, some shafts were ‘turned down’ where they had worn. The overall result was to reduce the noise level in the club rooms significantly. Essential work to keep the club functioning! FEBRUARY 4-5  On Saturday and Sunday, club members manned a stall at the local ‘Bottles & Collectibles’ show to publicise the club and raise some funds. Thanks must go to all those who manned the stand, especially Steve, Jeff and Linda. The photo shows Kay and Jeff at the club stand.
Thursday 9/2/17  Members at Axess Glass Products in Melbourne at a workshop on glass fusing & slumping. The workshop was arranged by  Steve M.  See slide show to left.
Left: A 9 ct gold pendant with four peridot gems, constructed by club member Helen. 5/4/2017  Eight club member travelled by train to Melbourne on a trip organised by Steve M. The day started at the Gemmological Association of Australia in Spencer St. Members had an excellent tour of the facilities with the laboratory testing equipment being well explained. We also had a good look at the GAA’s gem & mineral specimens. This was followed by an excellent Vietnamese lunch. We also visited a jewellery store, opal display, Koodaks lapidary supplies and Crystal Universe during the afternoon. A great day. Photos left: Row 1: At the GAA. Row 2 & 3: Viewing the opal display. Row 4: Some nice opals, members having tea in Hardware Lane.
18 & 19 April  Several club members attended the Victorian Gemkhana at Shepparton. They reported that they had a good weekend with some of the ‘facetors’ happy with their results in the faceting section of the show. Well done John and Kathleen! Row 1: Competition cabachons.           An attractive display of Mookite Row 2: Once again, John did very well with his faceting!      Kathleen also achieved a result she was very happy with. Row 3: John & Kathleen at the faceting demonstration. Row4: Part of the show.    Show raffle. Row 5: Tumbled stones competition entries.     An attractive display of bone carving.
Diane’s two  completed  platters Kay’s two completed platters Kajol’s completed platter!
22/4/2017  Club members manned the BBQ at Bunnings again. It is a handy fundraiser for the club, helping to ‘balance the books’. A large number of members assisted over the day, and once again thanks must go to Kay K. for organising and managing the BBQ. Photo above: L to R Bunnings staff, Kay K., Helen B., Alan A. June: Winter is here. We are still getting a good turnup to the club workshops though several members are fossicking in warmer climates at present. I had the opportunity to travel to Qld, fossicking at Mt. Isa/Cloncurry area for a week. I was lucky enough to be able to catch up with ex-clubmember Matt, who is a geologist working in Cloncurry. He took me out to several fossicking areas over a number of days where we got some ‘phantom quartz’, amethyst, garnets, calcite and Chrysocolla specimens. I then spent time fossicking at Agate creek. The photos to the left show parts of the mineral collection in the tourist information building in Cloncurry, as well as an interesting selection of historical photos of mining localities in the area. Well worth viewing before you venture out fossicking as the localities take on far greater meaning.
A photo showing part of the mineral collection at the Cloncurry information centre. Right: Photo of Cloncurry, 1938 Left: Cloncurry 1897 Right: View of Cloncurry 2017 Left: Matt at a calcite locality. Right: Chrysocolla locality. Left: a quartz locality/blow Right: Quamby ‘phantom quartz’ locality. Left: Fullarton River, Matt digging for garnets. Right: Kuridala amethyst diggings.
July Above Left: A faceted red Spinel gem, plus two diamonds, set in 18 ct gold by one of our club members. This is a great example of the standard of work members can achieve. Above Right: A beautifully cut cz (faceted by John H.) set in a sterling silver pendant. Below: Some of the material collected on a recent trip to Cloncurry.
L: Sandstone wall prior to rendering/repairs. R: Wall at back has been rendered, bench frame nearly built, glass partition on R.H.S. nearly complete. L: Steve and Jeff starting to construct frame for glass partition R: Bench frame partly constructed. L: Installing bench tops. October:  One of our club members recently successfully completed the AFG judges course in NSW. A great effort by the member concerned. His judges badge is show to the left. Sunday 29/10  Eight Warrnambool club members joined Geelong club fossickers at the Fyansford quarry to fossick for fossils. It was a good day, though the sharks teeth were scarce. However, several members collected sharks teeth and other fossils and went home very satisfied with their finds.
August Club members have been hard at work improving our club facilities. Old cupboards damaged by damp have been repaired, walls have been rendered and painted, a glass partition installed and new bench space constructed for faceting, glass fusing and silverwork. Thanks must go to Steve M. for the work he has done on this project, also to Alan A., Jeff G., Helen B. and Linda G.
L: Malachite (8cm), R: Malachite and Chrysocolla (11cm) L: Malachite and Chrysocolla (13cm) R: Three specimens together. L: Red and White Calcite (largest 12cm). R: Native copper (10cm) L: Chalcopyrites (8cm) R: Chevron Quartz (flat lapped, 8cm. The quality of this material was highly variable. Some was ‘clean’ and solid, while other peices were cracked and had iron stains throughout.) L: Some of the peices of ‘chevron quartz’ cut and polished. R: Chevron Quartz (flat lapped, 14cm. ) L:  Chevron Quartz (flat lapped, 14cm. ) R: Some ‘freeform cabs’ for pendants.
November: At the club’s AGM the new executive for 2018 was elected. President Alan Altmann, Vice-President Helen Butrumlis, Secretary John Coxon, Treasurer Stephen Hinkley. Kay keen was elected as an ‘ordinary member’ of the committee.
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Elbaite crystals
WARRNAMBOOL GEM CLUB
Close up view of Canadian Ammonite shell

2017 Club

Activities

 
JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER
Thursday 9/2/17  Members at Axess Glass Products in Melbourne at a workshop on glass fusing & slumping. The workshop was arranged by  Steve M.  See slide show above.
JANUARY  Jeff ,Steve &Alan, replaced bearings in the grinders and trim saws. The new drum  sander was installed, some shafts were ‘repaired. This reduced the noise level in the club rooms significantly. FEBRUARY 4-5    Members manned a stall at the local ‘Bottles & Collectibles’ show to publicise the club and raise some funds. The photo shows Kay and Jeff at the club stand.
18 & 19 April  Several club members attended the Victorian Gemkhana at Shepparton. They reported that they had a good weekend with some of the ‘facetors’ happy with their results in the faceting section of the show. Well done John and Kathleen! Row 1: Competition cabachons.       An attractive display of Mookite Row 2: Once again, John did very well with his faceting!      Kathleen also achieved a result she was very happy with. Row 3: John & Kathleen at the faceting demonstration. Row4: Part of the show.    Show raffle. Row 5: Tumbled stones competition entries.     An attractive display of bone carving.
Below Left: A 9 ct gold pendant with four peridot gems, constructed by club member Helen. 5/4/2017  Eight club member travelled by train to Melbourne on a trip organised by Steve M. The day started at the Gemmological Association of Australia in Spencer St. Members had an excellent tour of the facilities with the laboratory testing equipment being well explained. We also had a good look at the GAA’s gem & mineral specimens. This was followed by an excellent Vietnamese lunch. We also visited a jewellery store, opal display, Koodaks lapidary supplies and Crystal Universe during the afternoon. A great day.
Row 1: At the GAA. Row 2: Viewing the opal display.
Diane’s two  completed  platters Kay’s two completed platters Kajol’s completed platter!
22/4/2017  Club members manned the BBQ at Bunnings again. It is a handy fundraiser for the club, helping to ‘balance the books’. A large number of members assisted over the day, and once again thanks must go to Kay K. for organising and managing the BBQ. Photo above: L to R Bunnings staff, Kay K., Helen B., Alan A.
June: We are still getting a good turnup to the club workshops though several members are fossicking in warmer climates at present. I had the opportunity to travel to Qld, fossicking at Mt. Isa/Cloncurry area for a week, taking in several fossicking areas over a number of days where Igot some ‘phantom quartz’, amethyst, garnets, calcite and Chrysocolla specimens. I then spent time fossicking at Agate creek. The photos to the below show parts of the mineral collection in the tourist information building in Cloncurry, as well as an interesting selection of historical photos of mining localities in the area. Well worth viewing before you venture out fossicking as the localities take on far greater meaning.
July A faceted red Spinel gem (above), plus two diamonds, set in 18 ct gold by one of our club members. This is a great example of the standard of work members can achieve. Below: Some of the material collected on a recent trip to Cloncurry.
L: Malachite (8cm), L: Malachite and Chrysocolla (13cm) L: Red and White Calcite (largest 12cm). L: Chalcopyrites (8cm) L: Chevron Quartz (flat lapped and cabbed. The quality of this material was highly variable. Some was ‘clean’ and solid, while other peices were cracked and had iron stains throughout.) L:  Chevron Quartz (flat lapped, 14cm. ) R: Native copper (10cm) R: Some ‘freeform cabs’ for pendants.
August Club members have been hard at work improving our club facilities. Old cupboards damaged by damp have been repaired, walls have been rendered and painted, a glass partition installed and new bench space constructed for faceting, glass fusing and silverwork. Thanks must go to Steve M. for the work he has done on this project, also to Alan A., Jeff G., Helen B. and Linda G.
Three photos above: Top: Sandstone wall prior to rendering/repairs. Middle: Bench frame partly constructed. Bottom: Installing bench tops.
October:  One of our club members recently successfully completed the AFG judges course in NSW. A great effort by the member concerned. His judges badge is show to the left.
Sunday 29/10  Eight Warrnambool club members joined Geelong club fossickers at the Fyansford quarry to fossick for fossils. It was a good day, though the sharks teeth were scarce. However, several members collected sharks teeth and other fossils and went home very satisfied with their finds.