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Rock & Gem 4 week classes (lapidary for all levels)

Mondays Nov 25 to Dec 16 6:30 to 8:30 pm

3 NEW Class option times: 

4 Mondays starting November 25th 6:30pm-8:30pm (1 spot left)

4 Mondays starting Jan 13th 6:30pm-8:30pm

4 Wednesdays Starting Jan 15th 3:30pm-5:30pm


Beginner and experienced rockhounds have an opportunity during the fall and winter seasons to expand their knowledge of working with rocks and gems as the VISAC Gallery presents a four-session course on cutting and polishing semi-precious or just plain pretty stones.

Long-time local rock and gem craftsman Russ Olson will present two 4-week 2-hour sessions.  The cost for the four weeks is $75 for VISAC members, $100 for non-members, plus $5 for materials.  All sessions will be held in the VISAC Gallery's Lapidary Room.

Some of the topics to be covered include cabochon, which relates to the flat cutting and polishing of stone for mounting on a ring or pendant; mosaic stones; opal triplets, which involves sandwiching the stone between a black base and a quartz cap for protection; rock beads; and knife handles.

"They will be learning how to cut and polish stones, make custom jewelry they can wear such as belt buckles, pendants, and earrings," Olson said. "The appeal is that they are leaning a craft that has unlimited ways in which you can go."

Other possible applications include the creation of lamps similar to stained glass creations, rock vases, mixed media creations involving stone and other materials such as wood, casting gold and silver, and tinsmithing.

"The sky is really the limit," Olson said.

Town: Rossland, BC
Venue: VISAC Gallery
Address: 1501 Cedar Ave Trail lowest level of community building