Workshops

All saturday workshops are temporarily cancelled Due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

our Board members hold a weekly Zoom meeting. any member interested in joining our zoom meeting can send an email to NassauMineralClub@gmail.com to request the link.

 members will be notified of upcoming zoom events that the board is planning.

Check back for updates on when and how we will resume our weekly workshops.

Open workshop hours are every Saturday morning from 10am to 2pm on the lower level of the beautiful Garvies Point Museum on 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, New York 11542. Members are welcome to work individually on our machinery. In addition, Special Workshops are scheduled throughout the year.


Upcoming Workshops

Knotting Gemstones via Zoom
Metal Clay Workshop
Wax Carving Bezels Workshop with Boris Goynatsky - TBA
A bracelet project
Wire Wrapping Workshop - Ongoing
Faceting - TBA

1-on-1 Hands On
Wire Wrapping for Jewelry
Workshop by Joe Austin

Ongoing... Joe loves to teach and is always willing to give 1 on 1 instruction on wire wrapping a cabachon. Make arrangements with Joe for your personal class.


Recent Workshops

Making a Master to Cast & Process for Casting it

Jay Levy with Elise Gad

Those who are interested can participate in the whole process, or if you know parts of the process just participate in the parts for which you want, or need, a refresher.

10 AM - Setup

10:30 - Process and Concept - why cast

11 Tools and Materials - types of waxes, hot knives, carving, engravers etc.

11:15-12:30 Forming the Master – to make a simple wax “Master” in one session &/or identify an item to cast prior to the workshop AND BRING ONE to sprue and invest (& to cast in a second session)

Jay will demonstrate the Procedures –
1) a demo of how to carve, or use a hot knife or waxer to make a model, e.g. a ring from blank
2) will have available wax items – extra models

12:30-1:15 Spruing, Investing and Burnout
He will demonstrate the “cookie baking recipe” for the investment – use of scale, amount of water, powder for the appropriate metal (e.g.silver)

He will demonstrate the burnout, and the casting everything beginning to end.

1:15-2 Cast one or more? Jay will cast his as a demo (most participant’s castings will be cast on separate session)

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A Cloisonné Enameling Workshop by Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger gave a 3 week workshop on How to Do Cloisonné Enameling. She introduced participants to cloisonné designs, incorporating closed cells, and/or open-wired patterns of wire on fine silver, and then, to the application and firing washed transparent enamels to add color to the design.
Enameling is a technique, or process, of fusing grains of glass powder onto metal under high temperature conditions (via a Kiln or torch). The participants received kits created by Barbara Kruger, Diane Angus and Elaine Grayson. The participants also received a handout with step-by-step instructions, exemplar designs, and materials to create their own design.

The master pieces created at the workshop were quite nicely done and attractive. With a creative group, as NMC participants are, the application of color didn’t stick to any rules. While color is often the same (or shaded) within a closed cloisonné cell, several used open wire designs with shading. Here are some of the participants and some examples of the participants’ work.



Upcoming Workshops

2020 EFMLS Workshops at Wildacres

From the Wildacres website: "After much thoughtful discussion, we have made the decision not to open for the remainder of the 2020 season. Our hope is that by next spring there will be a greater understanding of the virus, as well as established health and safety practices we can then incorporate at Wildacres to keep our community safe."

Haven't heard or attended one of our Wildacres Workshops? Visit the website (wildacres.org) and find out what you've been missing.

The Wildacres Retreat is like no other place you've ever visited. The retreat is located on its own private mountain just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, NC (about an hour north of Asheville). The privately held facility features comfortable bedrooms, well-equipped workshops, meeting rooms, a comfortable dining hall, and wonderful mountain vistas. Food is good, the air is clean and free from city noises, car horns, blaring radios, etc. What a wonderful place to rest, relax and learn.

Class size is kept at a low level in order to ensure proper attention from your instructor and availability of equipment.

Past Workshops

One by Two Triple Chainmaille Workshop
by Diane Angus

Chainmaille is made up of a pattern (called a weave) of interlocking rings. Learn the tips and tricks of making beautiful jewelry.

Diane Angus demonstrated the process of making a one by two triple chainmail Bracelet.

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Polymer Clay Workshop

Diane Angus taught us how to create a pendent using the Natasha technique. This is a fun way to make polymer clay jewelry. By pressing pieces of clay together, and with a few twists and turns, you can create intricate designs.

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Mineral Recognition - Saturday, April 29th

Madelyn Todd will offer a Workshop on mineral recognition with examples of lapidary material - finished polished stones - that will be reviewed.
The goal is to learn how to recognize and name mineralogical stones, rocks, slabs.
We are asked to bring lapidary material for which we know the name so that they can also be also be viewed, discussed, recognized and named.

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Metal Texturing Workshop- Saturday, Nov 4, 2017, 10:30-2:30

Boris Goynatsky will teach us how to create many different textures on metal. The techniques will primarily use the Foredom tools. Tools will be available.
Kits of the burs, discs, etc. used will be available for purchase. If you want, bring the tools of your choice and small pieces of metal to texture.

To be rescheduled
Wax Carving Bezels Workshop with Boris Goynatsky


Wire Wrapping for Jewelry
Workshop by Joe Austin

Ongoing

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Viking Weave

Participants learned how to create a beautiful Viking weave necklace or bracelet. Kits containing the material needed were available to members.


Byzantine Chainmaille Workshop

Chainmaille is made up of a pattern (called a weave) of interlocking rings. Diane Angus demonstrated the process and members made a 7 inch Byzantine Chain.

Copper jump rings and a chain-making loom were available for purchase.

This Workshop was limited to the first 12 NMC applicants.

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Scrimshaw Workshop
by John King


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Wax Carving Workshop

The Nassau Mineral Club will be offering workshops for Jewelry wax carving at Garvies Point Museum on Long Island, NY with Master Jewelry Wax Carver – Boris Goynatsky. This is your chance to learn the art of wax carving jewelry and design with an expert NYC teacher. Watch a full 25 minute workshop demo here!

Next Workshop: Date to be announced in Spring of 2021


Featured

Herkimer Diamond Video

In 2014, Charles, Eric, and Joe from the Nassau Mineral Club found a fantastic Herkimer Diamond. All Nassau Mineral Club members are welcome to mine this private site located in beautiful Fonda, NY. The actual Herkimer Diamond found in the video was bigger than a golf ball! Click to watch the actual discovery footage.

Herkimer Diamond Video


Slabs to Cabs: How to Make Lapidary Cabochons

Creating beautiful, polished cabochons from slabbed rock is a rewarding process that (with a bit of practice) anyone can master. This guide will help you work through all of the steps required. (Courtesy of InlandCraft.com)