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Published by Tampa Rock Club, 2019-08-13 14:44:48

2019 January


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

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

This is it! My final President’s 2019. There are two shifts per
IN THIS ISSUE: Message after a five-year run, day, for two demonstrators,
and it’s been a good one. an information person, and
2019 Lapidary Protocols........ 2 I have thoroughly enjoyed a floater to help as needed.
Board Meeting Minutues....... 4 working with everyone. Our Please email me if you can take
Brad’s Bench Tips.................. 4 election for new officers is this a shift. [email protected] (I
General Meeting Minutes...... 5 coming Tuesday night. The slate would prefer your request in
SFMS Field Trips.................... 6 is set, and I am looking forward writing).
Scholarship Fund Application... 7 to continuing in whatever
Fossil Fest............................. 8 capacity I can to support Ken Finally, we are looking ahead
Updated Instructors/Classes.. 9 Moser as our new President. He to our next Club Auction, which
Monthly Calendar............... 10 has proven himself already to is usually held in April. The
be a skilled and dedicated Club suggestion has been made
ABOUT OUR CLUB and Board member. that we have it during the
We have a few things coming first Saturday in place of the
10207 Fisher Avenue, up that bear mentioning Member Tailgate. That way our
Tampa, FL 33619 beginning with our new members who don’t venture
Lapidary Protocol. The out after dark, can come and
Mailing Address: PO Box 89146 participate. We may also
Tampa, FL 33689 document is in this issue, and hold a picnic and advertise
all members wishing to utilize to neighboring clubs for a
Phone: (813) 684-2039 our equipment must sign the better turn out. We would like new release which will be to confine our auction items
available at the clubhouse. to Lapidary and jewelry art
1 This is a big change in policy related, and may open it up to
and procedure for us, and we consignment items, so our club
appreciate your patience as we members can sell items as well,
wade through the process. with a small commission going
In February, we will be taking to the club. More on all that
advantage of the opportunity later.
to promote our club through As always, we are busy, busy,
the Florida State Fair. I will be busy! Don’t be left out – join in
sending out the volunteer list the fun!
shortly so that any of you that
are interested and available Respectfully,
can sign up in the empty slots. Jerri Heer, President
The dates are February 7 – 18,


Welcome to 2019 in the Lapidary Shop! a hand sander or larger tumbler. We also will be
We have a few new and revised procedures putting the large flat lap room back to work for
and Rules for 2019. We have new insurance Faced and Display pieces.
regulations we must comply with. We ask for
everyone’s cooperation as we settle in to a new Begin by taking your slab/small stone to the
year. trim saw. There is a box/rating scale for the
size of stone that can be cut on the 7” trim saw.
As always – close toed shoes, long hair up and Anything larger, please see Dave Rodgers and
out of the way, safety glasses, ear plugs if you he will get your rock on the Slab Saw schedule
want, and it is suggested you use some sort of to be slabbed into usable sizes. Once you have
face mask or respirator. cut out your Pre Form you are ready to start
Please sign-in first – print your name so it is
readable, put your payment in the payment Once you have smoothed out the edges of the
envelope – either exact change or a check. We shape you have chosen, dry and then you can
do not have the ability to make change. Then take the Sharpie and put a bezel line.
sign in on the machine you will be using.
To give the wheels a longer life, rough that is not
In order to set our members up for success, we preformed will not be allowed to be shaped and
are going to implement a 3 cab maximum for polished on the wheels.
each session in the Lapidary Shop. This allows
you enough time to get a cab finished up and We are putting the Large Flat Lap room back
not spend excess time on the same wheels. into work and will be working on a tumbler for
polishing stones. The Lapidary wheels are not
There will be no Corundum (Ruby) or stones with made to polish whole stones.
a Mohs hardness of 9 or higher. It is too hard on
our wheels. Quartz is a 7 and that is pretty hard We will be providing towels as always, but it is
to work. suggested that you bring your own towels to
insure you have enough dry towels to work your
To give our lapidary wheels a longer life and stones. Drying several times while working your
lessen the number of wheels and replacement stones lets you inspect and find scratches before
wheels due to damage the following Protocols you move onto the next wheel. This process also
are being put into place to assist with this. extends wheel life.
When followed, these tried and true methods
make creating a cab easier and time efficient. It also shortens the time you will be working your
stone, as trying to work out scratches on the next
The first thing is to “Know Your Stone” - Mohs wheel up, creates excess time on a wheel that is
hardness, porous stone as opposed to an agate not designed for removing scratches and adds
type finish and how you are going to go about unnecessary time on that wheel – hence excess
working and polishing the finished cab. If in wear.
doubt, ask or Google the stone you have and
the information can be gathered to make an As you go thru your drying and inspecting for
assessment on how to work the stone. scratches, taking a Sharpie and putting a dot
where the scratch is helps in knowing where
Our machines are not for polishing an entire you need to work to get them out. As the mark
rough stone. That would be accomplished with
Continued on next page

Continued from previous page The next is the 14000 wheel. This wheel really
puts on that bright mirror type finish you see in
disappears, the scratch works itself out. photos.

We are striving for your success. If you are working a soft stone or porous stone,
work on the 50,000 wheel to get a polish. Some
Before moving from the 220 wheel, dry the stones that are very porous will just absorb a
stone, let it dry completely and inspect for polish like Zam and fill the pores with green
scratches. Removing the deep scratches created wax. This is not a good look and will send you
from forming on the 80 is important before back to the wheels to take it off and re-work the
moving onto the 280. If you take the stone to the stone.
280 too soon, excess wear to the 280 or a tear
in the wheel will happen as these wheels are a Start to finish from a PreForm to a finished
softer cushion wheel. cab should be about a 2 hour process. When
learning and taking your time it will take longer.
Once you start on the 280 wheel, it is the same
repeat performance. Work the stone, dry and Getting in the habit of using an Opti-Visor,
inspect several times. Once all the scratches are drying your stone often and working smarter not
removed, you are ready to move up to the 600 harder will lead to creating beautiful cabochons.
Pre Polish wheel. The club has 4 Opti-visors for you to use while
you are here.
The 600 wheel begins the polishing process. The
smoothing process will go quickly on a properly At the end of each class session, the shop
prepared cab. needs to be swept out, floor mopped and your
machine cleaned and drain trays washed out
Once the stone is smooth, and you can feel and trim saws wiped down.
the change, dry and inspect. If you find any
scratches that may have been missed, go back Our Shop Monitors are here to help you
to the 280 to smooth them out before more time continue learning and answer your questions.
is spent on the 600. We have emptied out the small lockers out
where the aprons hung. These are for our
Once the stone goes back to the 600, work it members to use for personal items while they
again, dry and inspect. If it is smooth and even, are in the shop. Items & locks must be removed
move on to the 1200. after each session, so they are available for
members in the next class/session.
The 1200 begins really putting a shine on that
stays with out the stone having to be wet. As We do have a few Aprons available for
you work the stone, feel the change in the feel of purchase. They are $8 each. Ask a staff member
the stone. It should feel smooth and no uneven to get one for you. Shop rates will increase
spots. to $5/ hr on Feb 1. This will help to offset the
cost of new wheels, saw blades and regular
As you move to the 3000 wheel, the stone will maintenance of our equipment.
now have a shine without needing to be wet.
If you want to create a more glassy finish. Then If you are wanting something Large slabbed, see
move up to the 8000 wheel, this adds to the Dave Rodgers and he will get you on the Slab
shine and creates a gloss. list.



December 3, 2018

Introduction and Roll Call: Meeting called to order 5. Dave Rodgers is to be the equipment foreman.
at 7:05 pm. 6. Recent students - Review of skills
7. Review of a long time participants
Seven members were present: Jerri Heer, Heidi
Arnold, Tracy Canales, Norma Jackson, Ken Moser, C. Show signage: Need signs for member table and
Melinda Riddle. Absent: Lisa Miller, Brian Brantley, other club tables - demonstration area, information
Debbie Meyer. area, door prizes, sluice, and silent auction with the
club name and logo.
Secretary’s Report Minutes: Secretary absent.
Minutes are in the Geode. Motion by Norma Old Business:
Jackson, second by Melinda Riddle to accept the A. Look at renovation or expansion: Septic tank
minutes. Motion passes. and field is marked. Drainfield is the elevated area
surrounding the tank.
Treasurer’s Report: Checking account has $8,400.
Money market account has $48,400. Motion by B. Florida State Fair in February: Motion was made
Melinda Riddle, seconded by Norma Jackson to that professional signs be made. Motion passes.
accept the treasures report. Motion passes. Sign-up sheet for demonstrations and informative
speakers needed. We need to re-print the business
Committee Reports: cards and a half sheet flyer for next year’s show to
A. Facilities: The ADT system is in, and there are give out. The show runs from February 7 through the
only 30 seconds to disarm the alarm. There are 60 18th. Hours might be split for workers from 10 to 1
seconds to arm it when you leave. or 9 to 1 and then from 1 to 4.

B. Education: New lapidary training plan – New Business:
implementations concerns. A. Election Slate:

1. New students. Was brought up at the last 1. President Ken Moser
meeting and in the newsletter. Addition: add do 2. Vice president Jerri Heer
one cab and see if you want to continue with the 3. Treasure Heidi Arnold
plan. Want them to stop damaging the wheels. 4. 3 two year board positions. Lisa Miller, Dave
Shorten down from nine weeks. Need to flesh out Rogers, Gerri Lundergan.
the first couple of lessons. Starting February 1,
2019. B. Change the phone message to direct people to
2. Need better signage in lapidary of do’s and the website or to our Facebook site.
3. Must show club ID in lapidary. C. Look at having Signage, T-shirts, pins or patches.
4. Motion by Ken Moser, seconded by Heidi
Arnold to have Gerri Lundergan take the job of Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.
lapidary shop foreman. From: Melinda Riddle


Soldering an earring post will always soften the wire a bit. The easi-
est way I’ve found to harden it is to grip it with pliers and twist it a
couple half turns. This work hardens the wire and also tests your
soldered joint.

Continued on the next page

TAMPA BAY MINERAL AND Brad’s Bench Tips continued from
previous page
DECEMBER 8, 2018 I need to
fill a small
Call to Order: President Jerri increasing cost of equipment bottle with
Heer called the meeting to order and repairs. alcohol,
at 1:00 following a wonderful 2. New students will undergo like the
Christmas Dinner. a course of around 6 weeks bottle
of instruction to help prevent of an alco-
Announcements: excess wear and tear on the hol lamp or
A. New members and guests were cabbing wheels. Exact details a nail pol-
recognized. will be announced in January. ish bottle that I use for the yellow
B. A general shop cleanup will 3. All established lapidary ochre anti-flux. Often I can’t find
take place on Saturday, December students and instructors will a small funnel and end up spill-
15th, at 12:00. get a refresher course of ing almost as much as I get into
C. The shop will be closed proper use of the equipment. the bottle. It’s wasteful, and the
beginning December 16th 4. All users will undergo more fumes aren’t too good for you
through January 3rd. safety training. either.
D. Election of new officers will be 5. Monthly seminars will be
held at the next general meeting available on specialty cabbing, A neat and inexpensive solu-
on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at such as hearts, and other cool tion is to use a lab dispensing
7:00 PM. The slate of officers was shapes. bottle to store small quantities
read. Nominations from the floor 6. Membership cards will be of the solvents most frequently
will be accepted at the meeting on required. Please carry it at all used. The bottles have a wide
the 15th. times. mouth for filling and a fine tip for
E. Members will be demonstrating 7. Payment for classes is due dispensing. You can get a small
at the Florida State Fair this year at the beginning of all classes. stream or just a drop or two.
in the Creative Living Exhibit You must sign in and pay With the bottle’s fine tip I don’t
hall. See Jerri Heer to sign up to before starting work. We do spill a drop.
demonstrate or talk to those who not have change. Please bring
visit our booth. We’ll be getting the exact amount or a check. A Google search will turn up
a new, retractable sign for the 8. Slabbing: If you have items many suppliers. One I’ve used
event which will also be used at that need to be slabbed, see is Carolina Biological Supply
our future shows and events. Club Dave Rodgers. He will get you Company at
members are encouraged to enter signed up. The bottle is Catalog #716580
their works of art at the state fair. C. Raffle: Today’s raffle earned Unitary Wash Bottle, Low-Density
F. At the December meeting, $525.00. Polyethylene, 125 mL US$ 5.
applications will be set out for D. Treasurer’s Report: Checking They have several sizes and other
William Holland scholarships $9,738.00, Money Market bottles labeled for specific sol-
sponsored by the club. We need $48,368. vents.
new instructors in Lapidary and
Silver. January Board meeting will be Discover New Jewelry Skills With
announced. General meeting Brad’s “How To Do It” Books
Committee Reports: January 15th, 7:00 PM.
A. Facilities: Jerri Heer reported Meeting was adjourned at 1:30 fordsmith
the new system from ADT is up pm
and running.
B. Education: Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Meyer, TBMS Secretary
1. Lapidary fees will increase
to $5.00 per hour due to the



An Official Field Trip of the Athens Rock exit and head south (most likely Hwy 56 at
and Gem Club (Athens, GA) (HOST) that point) approx. 15 mi. to McBean, GA.

An Official Field Trip of the Tampa Bay Just beyond McBean turn left onto Hwy 23
Mineral & Science Club and follow it SE about 14 mi. to Girard. GA.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 Directions from I-16 just west of Savannah,
9:00AM EST GA:
Stoney Bluff
Girard, GA Exit I-16 at US301/US25 (Exit #116) and
head north approx. 10 mi to Statesboro, GA
TRIP: This is the Third Bi-annual trip to collect
agate about 30 miles south of Augusta, GA. Continue north on US 301 from Statesboro
We will assemble in Girard, GA at 9 am in approx 20 mi to Sylvania, GA.
the vacant lot just south of the Post Office
(do not park in the Post Office parking lot). Continue north on US301 from Sylvania
The collecting site is only a few miles away. about 5 miles to junction with Hwy 24.
COLLECTING: “Savannah River Agate”
BRING: Colorful, agatized material can be Turn left onto Hwy 24 and drive 14 mi to
found on the surface at the site, but many Sardis, GA.
people usually bring light digging tools and
small pry bars to free larger boulders from In Sardis pick up Hwy 23 and drive 6 miles
the sandy soil. Leather gloves and safety to Girard, GA.
glasses are recommended. Bring plenty of
water and dress for the weather. NOTE: All CONTACT: Trip chairman: Jim Maudsley
holes must be re-filled before you leave. 706-353-1792 or [email protected]
CHILDREN (Yes): Children are allowed but IMPORTANT: DMC field trips are open only
must have adult supervision at all times. to members of clubs within the SFMS that
PETS (No): Pets are not allowed. have provided their members with field trip
FACILITIES: There are no facilities at this site liability insurance. SFMS club members are
and the closest facilities are several miles bound by the AFMS code of ethics (click
away. here to read them), but the general public
is not, and could jeopardize access to a
DIRECTIONS AND WHERE TO MEET: collecting location. So unless the property
Directions from I-20 in Augusta, GA: owner has invited non-SFMS attendees,
the general public is not allowed on DMC
From I-20 in Augusta get onto I-520 (Bobby field trips. Please do not post DMC field trip
Jones Expressway) and head toward the information where the general public can
south end of the expressway. access it.

When you reach Exit 9 (Mike Padgett Hwy),





Applicant Information

Name of Club Member
Street Address
E-Mail Address
Home Phone
Have you applied in past?

Class Requested

Name of School
Class Requested
Date Requested

Tell us why you are a good candidate

Agreement and Signature

In return for receipt of this scholarship, I agree to teach 30 classes in this subject. If for any
reason I cannot complete my classes, I will repay the club a prorated amount based on classes I
did not teach. By submitting this application, I affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. I
understand that if I am accepted, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by
me on this application may result in my immediate disqualification.


Our Policy

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion,
national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.
7 Thank you for completing this application form and for your interest in volunteering with us.

32st Annual Florida’s Largest






PALEO WORKSHOPS March 9th & 10th, 2019

Learn about Florida’s prehistoric Sat: 9AM–5PM, Sun: 10AM–4PM
past in a FossilFest workshop! Adults $8 - Kids 12 and under FREE!
Experienced collectors will teach
you how to find, identify, and pre- Florida State Fairgrounds
serve fossil treasures of your very Intersection of I-4 & Hwy 301, just east of Tampa.
own! All workshops are free to Fos-
silFest attendees!

Saturday & Sunday

Discovering Florida’s Fossil Treasures with TBFC’s
own Dr. Bob Sinibaldi PhD. Learn where and how to find
fossils of your own right here in Florida!

Florida’s Fossil Vertebrates & the Fossil Hunting Permit
with Dr. Richard Hulbert PhD of the Florida Museum of
Natural History. It’s cheap and easy! Learn how to get
your fossil permit and participate in the science of paleon-

The Perfect Plaster Jacket & Other Preservation Tech-
niques with Bill Faucher. Learn how to successfully get
fossils from the field to your lab. Jacketing, glues, and
preservation techniques are discussed for the beginner.

Be a part of the adventure!


TBMSC Classes (as of 12-2018) fee/hr
Beading Tuesdays 10am - 12pm Nina Megginson $3
Chainmaille $4
Intarsia by appointment by appointment by appointment Kym Hoerr $4
by appointment by appointment by appointment Christy Gorrow $3
Casting by appointment by appointment by appointment Kym Hoerr $4
Chain Making by appointment by appointment by appointment Kym Hoerr
Cold Connections Mixed Metals TBD TBD Tracy Canales $3
Faceting contact inst. to join Saturdays 10am - 1pm Tom Dershem
Glass Fusing by appointment Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm Dave Mediema $3
Kumihimo 6pm - 9pm $3
Wirewrap 2nd & 4th Jan Hendershot $3
Wednesdays $4
Christy Gorrow $4
by appointment by appointment by appointment Mary Liewert, $5
Melinda Riddle
Wirewrap I Saturdays 10am - 1pm Mary Liewert,
Melinda Riddle
Wirewrap I Tuesdays 10am - 12pm
Wirewrap I 2nd & 4th 6:30-8:30 pm Melinda Riddle
Advanced Wire II Tuesdays 12:30pm - 3pm
Lloyd Moore

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

Beginning Lapidary by appointment by appointment Gerri Lundergan $5

Viking Knit contact inst. to join by appointment by appointment Christy Gorrow $3
Nina Megginson Tracy Canales
Jan Hendershot [email protected] Norma Jackson [email protected]
Kym Hoerr [email protected] Pam Gonzalez
Melinda Riddle Lisa Miller [email protected]
Dave Mediema [email protected] Don Harrison
Ken Moser Christy Gorrow [email protected]
Judy Anderson [email protected] Tom Dershem
Mary Liewert [email protected] [email protected]
Gerri Lundergan [email protected] [email protected]
Lloyd Moore [email protected]
[email protected]
9 [email protected] [email protected]

[email protected] *** All classes subject to change. Contact instructors for most current
schedules. Curious? Come by Saturday mornings when many of the
[email protected]
classes are going on at the same time!

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


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Lapidary Open Shop 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
General 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. Lapidary Open Shop Wirewrap Beginners
Meeting 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Metal Smithing Open
Shop 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7 p.m. Lapidary Open Shop

10 a.m.-1 p.m. &
12:30-2:30 p.m.

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Beginning Wirewrap Beading, Faceting

10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Lapidary Open Shop Lapidary Open Shop 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Advanced Wire Wrap II 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Wirewrap Beginners

12:30-3 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Faceting by appointment Glass Fusing Metal Smithing Open
6-9 p.m. 6-9 p.m. Shop 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lapidary Open Shop
Beginning Silver 6-9 p.m.

Lapidary Open Shop 6-9 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. &

Beginning Wirewrap 12:30-2:30 p.m.

27 28 6:30-8:30 p.m.29 30 31 February 1 2
Tailgaiting 12-1 p.m.
Beginning Wirewrap Beading, Lapidary Open Shop Lapidary Open Shop Faceting
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Advanced Wire Wrap II Wirewrap Beginners
12:30-3 p.m.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Faceting by appointment Metal Smithing Open
6-9 p.m. Shop 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lapidary Open Shop
Beginning Silver 6-9 p.m.
Lapidary Open Shop 6-9 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. &

3 4 5 6 7 8 12:30-2:30 p.m. 9

Board Beginning Wirewrap Beading, Lapidary Open Shop Lapidary Open Shop Faceting
Meeting 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
7 p.m. Wirewrap Beginners
Advanced Wire Wrap II 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12:30-3 p.m. Metal Smithing Open
Shop 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Faceting by appointment Lapidary Open Shop
6-9 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. &

Beginning Silver 6-9 p.m.
Lapidary Open Shop 6-9 p.m.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Beginning Wirewrap Beading, Lapidary Open Shop Lapidary Open Shop 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Wirewrap Beginners
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Advanced Wire Wrap II Glass Fusing Metal Smithing Open
12:30-3 p.m. 6-9 p.m. Shop 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lapidary Open Shop
Faceting by appointment 10 a.m.-1 p.m. &
6-9 p.m. 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Beginning Silver 6-9 p.m.
Lapidary Open Shop 6-9 p.m.

Beginning Wirewrap
6:30-8:30 p.m.


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