Note: This COVID post set out below was ARCHIVED at 11.59pm, 25th February, 2022.
MORE FREEDOMS FOR OUR MEMBERS AS VICTORIA HITS 90% VACCINATION RATE
As from 11.59pm on Thursday, 18th November, there will no longer be density limits imposed upon the Club which means that there is no longer any need for Members to book a workshop session through EVENTBRITE.
- You still need to sign in at the Club by means of QR Code or manually writing your attendance in the Attendance Log Sheet.
- Masks must still be worn at all times. If, for medical reasons, a mask cannot be worn then notification from a Medical Practitioner will need to be sighted.
- Double vaccination is mandatory and you will be asked for proof (this will only be required once). Proof of double vaccination can be provided with the QR check in. You will need a hard copy of your Certificate if you do not have a smartphone. You can email us a copy of your certificate so we can have it on file and record your status if this is a better option for you. We cannot admit you without proof of double vaccination.
- We would still like you to make use of the sanitizers that are available to you. Good hygiene is always an ongoing requirement. (But please be mindful that hand sanitizers are nearly always alcohol based, so if you are doing any soldering, please only use soap and water or a soap based handwash.)
- We would like you to be financial, so, if you are not, then please speak to us about your Membership.
Thank you all for your ongoing cooperation.
Please note: The MLC Covid 19 Safety Rules & Plan (revised Nov 2021) was archived on 21st November 2021. To view a copy of this Plan, please click on the link below:
GEMSTONE TOXICITY TABLE (extracted from the International Gem Society webpage)As a Member of a Lapidary Club, it is important
that you follow Workshop OH&S Practices and Guidelines. Safety
equipment such as eye and ear protection should be worn at all times and when
working with certain gemstones, a face mask with an inbuilt filtering system should also be worn. Remember to never drill dry, cut dry or grind dry and always wash
your hands after handling gemstones in rough form. When working on
certain gemstones, gloves are recommended.For further information on individual gemstones, please click on this link Gemstone Toxicity Table ===Lapidary Related Downloads and Useful Information, Tips and Instructions etc etc
Minimum 'Metal Gauge' RecommendationsInternational Ring Size Conversion
Chainmaille Student Information
- Is the saw lubricated? Ensure sufficient lubricant is being applied to the blade. If lubricant is needed, and you are not sure what to do, please seek the assistance of the Duty Officer.
- As a matter of courtesy for the next user, do not leave a dry saw and please tidy up the area.
- Moderate pressure please. Apply moderate pressure when cutting. Take your time. Pushing too hard will strain the blade and motor and cause unnecessary wear. Damage will be done to the diamond tipped blade if you push too hard and blades are very expensive to replace.
- Saw in a straight line. Do not force the blade out of alignment by trying to cut in a circular or curved pattern.
Don't quench too quickly after soldering
If you quench too quickly, the thermodynamic shock can break the solder joins apart. Let the piece sit a few seconds and then quench. In addition, if you quench a hot piece of silver directly into the pickle, especially if the pickle is dirty, junk in the pickle can embed itself into the piece and make it gritty. https://www.interweave.com/article/jewelry/6-jewelry-making-tips-from-lapidary-journal-jewelry-artist-experts/ Tom and Kay Benham's "Ask the Experts" column
Balling up silver wire
- Amazon jade is actually Adventurine.
- American jade is a rock – a mixture of idocrase and grossular.
- Australian jade is Chrysophrase.
- Colorado jade is green microcline.
- Flukien, Manchurian, and Honan jade are all soapstone.
- Indian jade is Adventurine.
- Jadeite is pure jade.
- Jasper jade is green jasper.
- Korean jade is bowenite, a hard variety of serpentine.
- Mexican jade is green dyed marble or calcite.
- Oregon jade is a dark green jasper.
- Silver Peak jade is malachite.