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Published by Tampa Rock Club, 2019-08-08 20:26:23

2019 April



A P u b l i c a t i o n o f t h e Ta m p a B ay M i n e r a l & S c i e n c e C l u b

A pril HOT RO C K S , C O OL G EM S & FA BULO US J EW EL RY 2019


Ken Moser

Club member with experience I am being continually Slabs!!!!!
in researching and applying astounded and humbled by the
members of this club. I’m hoping that next year more
for grants for nonprofit members will participate in
organizations. Contact Ken at Today was our auction, an consigning items to the auction.
[email protected] if you’re auction where the proceeds Four of us did so this year and
were going to our building we all went home with some
willing to help. expansion fund. The auction money in our pocket and the
was the best ever. We had club benefited as well. The key
IN THIS ISSUE: great participation by the is putting in quality items and
membership and many other the rewards will come. A “win-
Notable News....................... 2 attendees. I cannot thank, club win” for all.
Board Meeting Minutes......... 3 member, Tony Carrino enough
General Meeting Minutes...... 4 for being our auctioneer and Look further in our Geode
Spring Auction ..................... 5 many thanks to all the others and you will find some of our
SFMS Rockhound Roundup.... 6 who helped put it together. members that have received
SFMS Roundup Application.... 7 We raised over $2,600 for the recognition. If you or another
SFMS Roundup Info............... 8 fund. member you know have
Brad’s Bench Tips.................. 9 received recognition, pass it
Cold Connections ................. 9 For those who attended, a big along so we can let all know
Updated Instructors/Classes...10 thanks for sticking it out. It about it.
Monthly Calendar............... 11 became abundantly clear the
need to expand our building Coming the first Saturday in
1 so we all could be in the same May is our member tailgating
room. Certainly, got a little day. To carry on the energy
warm at times and often it generated by the auction, we
was difficult to hear Tony as he want this to be the best one
worked his way through the ever. We have put this event on
items. Through all these issues, Facebook to generate some
I heard nothing but good excitement so, members, this
comments on how the auction is your time to shine and sell
went and particularly the quality some of your stuff.
of items available. How about
those Sunset Burro Creek Continued on next page

Continued from previous page NOTABLE NEWS!

The club this year is moving CLUB MEMBERS BRING HOME RIBBONS!
forward. It is my hope that
you are seeing the energy, the Congratulations to some of our club members for their fine
enthusiasm, and the feeling of showing at local festivals and shows.
excitement for this adventure. Attached you will see the many recognitions Roxann Dragula
We want to implement a Junior received recently for her jewelry entered at Manatee County,
Program in the near future, Florida State, and Strawberry Festival.
we will begin new classes
and workshops as well, and Roxann Dragula
of course we plan on making Award-winning
this year show something to Jewelry Pieces
shout about. As always, this
is only accomplished by you, Pam Gonzales work as
the membership through your a silversmith is being
efforts, time, and support. highlighted in the upcoming
issue of Rock and Gem
Again, a big thanks. Magazine.
Tiffany, Amethyst and
BEGINNERS Silver Pendant
CASTING CLASS Silversmith: Pamela
Dave Miedema has agreed Lapidary Artist: Bill Wolf
to offer a beginner casting
class starting in May. Dave is a ABOUT OUR CLUB
professional jeweler and caster. 10207 Fisher Avenue, Tampa, FL
Details are still being worked
out but if you are interested, 33619
please email Ken Moser at Mailing Address: PO Box 89146
[email protected] so we can
make plans accordingly. We Tampa, FL 33689
will follow up with you once the Phone: (813) 684-2039
plans are firmed up as far as
cost, dates, etc. It will be very
basic in nature but will take you
through all the steps of “Lost
Wax Casting.”

We hope to use this basic class
to open the door to future
classes in making your own
pattern by carving wax and
also making your own molds
so you can make repeatable



April 1, 2019

Present: Ken Moser, Jerri Heer, Heidi Arnold, Tracy James will be back next week - Website needs:
Canales, Gerri Lundergan, Lisa Miller, Melinda update Geode – Archives?
Riddle, Brian Brantley Silversmithing wants case. Keys to cases should
Absent: Debbie Meyer, Dave Rodgers be in lockbox. Talked about rearranging mineral
Guests: Roxann Dragula, Kym Hoerr, Michael specimens to larger cases and showcasing finished
Brantley work from classes in smaller case by Silver room.
Ken Moser opened the meeting at 6:50 pm This will be planned as a summer project.
Secretary Report – Minutes - Motion made by Brian Budget: Reviewed budget proposal with some
Brantley to accept the minutes as printed in the selected changes to reflect last year’s actuals. Jerri
Geode, Second by Lisa Miller, motion carried. Heer made a motion to accept budget as amended,
Treasurers Report: Checking; $2,254; Money Lisa Miller seconded, motion carried. Budget will be
Market; $53,372. posted on board when reprinted with amendments.
Committee Reports Rocks in shed disposition: Discussed how we
Education: Debbie Meyer will give Program on should utilize the rough from the Colson Donation.
Arkansas Quartz Mining for April Program. Jerri Heer reviewed the minutes from the date of
Gerri Lundergan approached 4H about providing the donation to early 2018, could not find any
Kid’s programs – they are interested in possible 2-3 reference. After discussion, Gerri Lundergan made
day summer camps. a motion that as we slab the rough, 1/3 would be
Lapidary: New wheels installed, monitor protocols marked for member sales, 1/3 for auctions, 1/3 for
working well in most cases. Discussed. Suggested Show. Brian Brantley seconded. Motion carried.
a sign in sheet for instructors each time they Lisa teaching silversmithing: May have to have
serve, with column to sign off when they take their surgery which will limit what she can do for several
corresponding free session. weeks. She can monitor, but not teach.
Old Business Event dates for 2019. Set event dates as follows:
Renovation and Expansion: Next Steps • May 4th, 1st Tailgate, Pre-register to sell,
Ray did his measurements, has suggestions. Heidi
will take file and have blueprints drawn up so we starting at 12 noon, with shortened classes.
have a single page copy from which to work. Anyone can buy, but only members can sell.
• Summer Picnic, June 8th
Auction – Recap • Welcome Back from Summer, September 7th:
• Overflow parking sign being made. Arranged Club Slab Sale 12 noon
• Show, November 2-3, Setup November 1
with business across the street. • Holiday Party December 14th
• Heidi getting light snacks and drinks • Holiday Break, Shops closed from December
• New set up – two rooms for bidders, ring men 22- January 3, 2020. Regular schedule returns
January 4, 2020.
to observe bidding, Ken will help Tony pull up
auction items, keep it flowing. May offer break at From floor or membership: Any issues
midway point for people to cash out early. Reiterated Policy on Staff comp sessions: Teach
• Need two to register bidders. a session, earn a session which must be used within
• Heidi’s needs list by Thursday to set up Auction 30 days.
New Business Adjourn: Motion made by Jerri Heer to adjourn,
Casting classes begin in May – Dry run – Plan with second by Tracy Canales, motion carried. Adjourned
Dave to use silver room one Saturday per month for at 8:03 p.m.
finishing projects.



March 19, 2019

Call to Order: President Ken Moser called the A. Education: Recipients of this year’s

meeting to order 7:00 pm. scholarships to William Holland School of

Lapidary Arts were

Pledge of Allegiance Roxanne Dragula (for wire weaving) and Gerri

President Ken Moser greeted the members present Lundgergan (for opals).

and thanked them attending. B. Field Trips: Field trips are listed in the Geode.

C. Show Committee: We need to continue

Secretary’s Report: The February Minutes are to find items for the grab bags and sluice.

printed in the Geode. There were no additions or President Ken Moser brought in a box of rocks

corrections from the membership. A motion was for the sluice. Debbie Meyer and Dave Rodgers

made to accept the minutes as printed by Brian will, hopefully, be bringing back lots of quartz

Brantley and seconded by Gerri Lundergan. The from Arkansas.

motion passed.

Old Business:

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Heidi Arnold A. Spring Auction: April 6th

notified the membership that the current Checking 1. The spring auction will be held Saturday,

Balance is $2,714 and the Money Market/ April 6th. The building will open for setup at

Building Fund is $53,372. She reported that our 9:00 AM, buyers may enter to preview items

membership in the SE Federation has been verified at 10:00 AM, and the auction will start at

and that the IRS threshold for hiring an accountant 11:00.

is $50,000. A motion was made by Jerri Heer to 2. Donations should be in no later than

accept the treasurer’s report and seconded by Saturday, March 30th.

Melinda Riddle. The motion passed. 3. There will be NO CLASSES the day of the


Correspondence: None. 4. Some of the auction items are available

tonight for preview.

New Members/Guests: New member, Rand 5. Jerri Heer has received permission for

Detrick and his wife, Megan, were greeted. overflow parking on a neighboring property.

Announcements: New Business:
A. The Southeast Federation quarterly meeting A. Building Expansion: A “to scale” layout has
will be held the first weekend after Mother’s Day, been drawn up by Ray Foran.
May 17-19. A Rock Swap will take place at the B. Website Design: Member James McGillicuddy
Suwannee River Musical Park. Vendor tables are has been working wonders on the club website
$25.00, and vendors will be issued a free pass with many more improvements in the works.
to get onto the grounds. Give it a visit at http://www.tampabayrockclub.
B. The Orlando show is the second weekend of com/.
April, April 12, 13, 14, at The National Guard C. T-Shirts: Gerri Lundergan is available today
Armory, 2809 S Ferncreek Ave, Orlando, FL to help you order club T-shirts and other logo
32806 items.
C. Club members were recognized for their D. Youth Program: Plans are underway for our
participation in the Strawberry Festival and State youth program curriculum. Debbie Meyer will be
Fair craft competitions. Many ribbons were won. presenting an outline at the May board meeting.
Look for details in the Coral Geode and on our Others interested in helping should contact her
Continued on the next page
Committee Reports:


Continued from previous page 2019
at 863-644-3693. CLUB
E. Programs: Program chair AUCTION
Judy Anderson would like to
ask for a replacement. She Club members enjoyed
has done this job for quite a a day of fun and active
few years now and would like bidding culminating
to end her tenure. Debbie in one of the most
Meyer has agreed to give a successful club auction
presentation on quartz and to date.
diamond mining in Arkansas Proceeds from the
for the April program. auction are slated
F. Heidi Arnold talked about for the club Building
Amazon Smile. Quote from Expansion Fund.
Amazon: “AmazonSmile is a
simple and automatic way for APRIL PROGRAM WILL SPARKLE!
you to support your favorite
charitable organization Come to our April Meeting featuring Debbie Meyer and Dave
every time you shop, at Rodgers as they report in their field trip to the Arkansas Quartz
no cost to you. When you
shop at, mines. Get a look at their finds!
you’ll find the exact same
low prices, vast selection Tuesday, April 16, 7:00pm.
and convenient shopping
experience as Amazon.
com, with the added bonus
that Amazon will donate a
portion of the purchase price
to your favorite charitable
organization.” That charitable
organization will be our club,
we hope!
G. The club will be discussing
goals in the near future.
H. Next Board Meeting: April
1st, 7:00
I. Next General Meeting: April
16th, 7:00 PM.

Adjourn: A motion was made by
Gerri Lundergan and seconded
by Brian Brantley to adjourn.

The motion carried, the meeting
was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Meyer,
TBMS Secretary



MAY 17-19, 2019

Ready for an old fashion rock swap and The location is the Spirit of the Suwannee
sale? The SFMS is resurrecting the former Music Park, located in North Florida near
Florida Rockhound Roundups from the Live Oak. There is plenty of space for a
1980’s. Open to all members of SFMS three-day event currently scheduled for May
Clubs, we hope to encourage networking 17-19, 2109. There are cabins, RV sites and
between clubs, all rockhounds and SFMS tent camping sites available for participants,
leadership... and of course, have fun! The as well as several hotels and motels nearby.
application and info below will provide the
basics. The Southeast Federation Website The Rockhound Roundup itself will be
: will have a held on a large grass field which should
Roundup page and more information as it is accommodate at least fifty spaces. Each
developed. The next SFMS Executive Meeting vendor will be asked to pay $25 for the
will also be held that weekend. We hope to weekend, to cover set-up costs, advertising,
see many of you there! etc. We have plenty more to decide, but that
should give those interested some rough
Your leaders of the Southeast Federation idea.
have been tossing the idea for a Rock Swap
around for several years now. Apparently, Our hope is that if we are successful, we’ll
we’d held them regularly back in the 1970- make this event a new annual tradition. We
80’s. With the help of our 2018 President, will also hold our summer SFMS Executive
Craig Hamilton and Membership Chair Meetings during the event. So save the
Jason Hamilton, we’ve come up with a dates, and check out the application on the
location to revive the tradition. Although still following page!
in the detail planning stages, at the time of
this publication, we are starting to nail down Jerri Heer, SFMS Secretary
the specifics.


Southeast Federation Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

Rockhound Roundup Application

May 17 -19, 2019

Suwannee River Music Park, Live Oak, FL

We hope this will be the first of many Rockhound Roundups sponsored by the SFMS. Each

SFMS member who applies for and is accepted, will be allotted a 10’ x 20’ space in an open

field designated for this event. Cost this year is a minimal $25.00 per space, one space per

Vendor, for one to all three days. No tents, tables or chairs are available, you MUST BRING

YOUR OWN! This is intended to be an old-fashioned rock swap and sale - bring your pickup,

drop the tailgate and have fun.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________ Cell: ___________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________________________

SFMS Club Affiliation: __________________________________________________________

Vehicle Make/Model: _________________________ Plate#: __________________________

Will you have a tent? Yes _________ No __________

Applicant Signature____________________________________ Date________________

Your signature indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this two-page document.

Send Application and check made out to SFMS to:
SFMS Secretary
Jerri Heer
9016 122nd Av

Tampa, FL 33637-5321

______________________________________for office use only_______________________________________

Date form was received: _______________ By: ___________________Check # ___________Check $ ___________

Space assignment: Row: __________________ Space: _______________________


SFMS First Annual
Rockhound Roundup

Set-up Friday- Sunday, May 17-19, 2019 each day from 8 am – 10 am. Check in at the SFMS
Welcome tent. All vendor vehicles must be in place by 10 am. Swap and sales start each day at
10 am, ending at 5 pm.

Venue Info:
1. Restrooms are available inside the Suwannee River Music Park at the Music Hall and
2. ATM machine is available in the General Store.
3. Housing: Cabins, RV Space and campsites are available in the Park. Call Carol Walker at
(386)365-0070 for reservations. If you don’t reach her, leave a message, she will call you
back. Please indicate that that you are with the Rockhound Roundup as they are
tracking our participation. You may also reserve online at or
by calling the main line (386)364-1683.
4. Hotels: In addition to accommodations onsite, there are several hotels nearby. Go to for a list.
5. The General Store and Café has food available onsite and as take out. We are
attempting to arrange one or more food trucks, but that is not finalized at this time. You
are welcome to bring your own food and beverages. We may provide bottle water for
sale at the SFMS Welcome Booth.

SFMS Responsibilities:

1. Provide a marked 10’ x 20’ space and vehicle access to the space.
2. Provide access to trash receptacles
3. Provide access to toilet facilities

Applicant/Vendor Responsibilities

1. Set-up within boundaries of provided space. Any changes to the designated space are
only allowed at the discretion of the Roundup Committee.

2. Police assigned site for trash during and after event.
3. You are responsible for your own security. You may set-up and tear down each day.
4. Provide all equipment, tents, tables and chairs for your own set-up.

We ask that you please be understanding that as this will be our first time hosting this event. We will try to
anticipate all reasonable needs. Our goal is to provide a smooth event, but there will likely be hiccups along
the way. All of us are volunteers trying to make this an enjoyable event for all. We welcome your suggestions
and ideas for improvement. You may email questions to [email protected]



A dapping ball can sometimes be used to We’ve all made the mistake of putting some
burnish a bezel. I noticed this when setting steel in the pickle pot. This can cause all your
some 10 mm cabs on a piece of filigree. It was pieces to be coated with copper. Easiest way
difficult to get enough pressure with a pusher I’ve found to clean it off is to fill half a coffee
or a regular burnisher, so I tried a dapping ball cup with new hot pickle and put in an ounce or
and found it much easier. Make sure the ball is two of hydrogen peroxide from the drug store.
well polished (hit it with the Zam wheel) and let Throw your pieces in and the coating is gone
it ride along the base of your piece. Select a ball in about 10 minutes. When finished, pour the
solution back into your pickle pot.

big enough so its curvature hits the top of the Many people think that when some steel gets
bezel at the best angle to burnish it down onto into the pickle, the solution is contaminated
the stone. and should be thrown away. Not true as long
as you can remove all the steel from the pickle.
In fact, the pickle should work even better after
the steel is removed. Pickle works by dissolving
the copper oxides that form during soldering.
Pickle gets “old” when it cannot hold any more
dissolved copper. Putting steel in the pot forces
some of the copper to come out of solution,
meaning the pickle is then able to dissolve more

Be More Productive With Brad’s “How To” Books:


The CCMM Workshops will
be held on Wednesdays, from
6-9 p.m. The fee is $20.That’s
3 hours of fun, instruction,
creativity and all materials
necessary to leave with a lovely
creation of your very own!

Email [email protected]
com for more information
and RSVP for a Wednesday
workshop! Each week a new
project will be offered!


TBMSC Classes (as of 2-2019) fee/hr
Beading Tuesdays 10am - 12pm Nina Megginson $3
Chainmaille $4
Intarsia by appointment by appointment by appointment Kym Hoerr $4
Casting $3
Chain Making by appointment by appointment by appointment Christy Gorrow $3
by appointment by appointment by appointment Kym Hoerr $4

by appointment by appointment by appointment Kym Hoerr $3
Cold Connections Mixed Metals Wed. 6pm -9pm Tracy Canales $3

Faceting contact inst. to join Saturdays 10am - 1pm Tom Dershem $3
Glass Fusing by appointment Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm Dave Mediema $3
Kumihimo 6pm - 9pm $3
Wirewrap 2nd & 4th Jan Hendershot $4
Wednesdays $4
Christy Gorrow $5
by appointment by appointment by appointment Mary Liewert,
Melinda Riddle
Wirewrap I Saturdays 10am - 1pm Mary Liewert,
Wirewrap I 10am - 12pm Melinda Riddle
Wirewrap I Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Advanced Wire II 2nd & 4th 12:30pm - 3pm Melinda Riddle
Lloyd Moore

Metal Smithing beginning silver Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm Lisa Miller
open shop Judy Anderson
Opals must have Lap. 1 Saturdays 10am - 1pm Pam Gonzalez
PMC Precious metal Clay Lloyd Moore
by appointment by appointment
12:30pm - 3pm, by

Lapidary Open Shop Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm rotating

Open Shop Thursdays 10am - 12pm Pam Gonzalez $5

Open Shop Saturdays 10am - 1pm rotating $5
Gerri Lundergan $5
Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm
Beginning Lapidary Thursdays 10am – 12pm

Viking Knit contact inst. to join by appointment by appointment Christy Gorrow $3

Nina Megginson [email protected] Ken Moser [email protected]
Tracy Canales [email protected]
Jan Hendershot [email protected] Christy Gorrow [email protected]
Norma Jackson Judy Anderson
Kym Hoerr [email protected] Tom Dershem [email protected]
Pam Gonzalez Mary Liewert
Melinda Riddle [email protected] [email protected]
Lisa Miller
Dave Mediema [email protected] [email protected]
Don Harrison
[email protected] Gerri Lundergan [email protected]
1130 [email protected]
[email protected]@[email protected] Lloyd Moore [email protected]
[email protected]
*** All classes subject to change. Contact instructors for most

current schedules. Curious? Come by Saturday mornings

when many of the classes are going on at the same time!

Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 89146
Tampa, FL 33689-0402

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