Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Basic Lapidary Course – January 2018

The basic lapidary course provides the basics of skill sets, safety and shop usage for lapidary work and is the pre-requisite for all other lapidary courses. Participants will be given knowledge of equipment types, usage, safety requirements, rock selection and preparation, and lapidary skills required to complete cabochons. This is primarily a hands on course and you must have reasonable hand strength and coordination. You will complete a basic oval shaped cabochon, a free form cabochon, and a more complex cabochon such as a heart. Children above the age of 8 are permitted as long as a parent is taking the course with them.

These are some snapshots from the January basic lapidary course.

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Seen in the workshop – February 2018

In the February 10th workshop, David Hosking was awarded his life member name badge (gold instead of green) for 10 years’ membership in the club. David is a stalwart of the workshop and is always generous with his experience and encouragement. He’s currently working on the mosaic cab in the pictures below.

Vanessa is collecting stones that fluoresce under black light – and she conveniently has a flashlight for demonstration.

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Field Trip to Island View Beach – Feb 25th, 2018

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The field trip to Island View Beach was very well attended – Gilles counted 18 participants. I think everyone had found some great treasures, and the weather and tides cooperated for us! Very enjoyable field trip. – Rob de Lange

Was a terrific day. Found several flower stones-gave a couple away- and had Bill carry out a thirty pounder or more Dallasite! What a great find! Bill and I stayed for a couple more hours after everone else left. The tide went really low, exposing lots more beach to walk! Can’t wait for the next field trip! – Karen Randall

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Seen in the workshop – January 2018

January was a particularly busy month in the workshop with all equipment going at full tilt.  A number of members dropped by just to say “Hi” and see what’s going on, and the basic lap course students stayed over to meet the regulars and show off their stuff.

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Competition case at the Rock and Gem show

We are soliciting submissions for the competition case at the Rock and Gem show in March.

Items suitable for submission are rock / lapidary related items that you have made yourself and have not submitted to the show before.  Examples are cabochons, faceted rocks, wire wrapping, sculpture, silver work incorporating rocks.  If your item is bigger than 30cm cubed, please contact the show organizers in advance so extra display space can be arranged. A maximum of 3 items per member may be submitted.  The competition is judged by a mystery judge and as-yet-undetermined small prizes will be awarded in the categories of junior member / adult member / beginner / advanced skill levels.

Items should be provided to the show organizers at the latest on Saturday morning of the show (17th March) although if items could be submitted the Thursday or Friday before, that would be appreciated. Items can be reclaimed immediately after the show, at the following Monday meeting, or from the workshop.

Participation in the competition case is available to members only.

2019 Calendar Photo Contest

The BCLS publishes a calendar each year, featuring 13 photographs of rocks and minerals from British Columbia and the dates of rock shows across the province. The photographs included are determined by way of contest; we’re now happy to announce the opening of the 2019 BCLS Calendar Photo Contest!

The contest is open to all BCLS members.  Enter for a chance to win one of 13 spots on our 2019 calendar. The prize for each photo chosen is a copy of the calendar and a lapidary item valued at not less than $20.  Contest closes Canada Day July 1st 2018.  See full contest rules below or on our website.  Remember, our calendar lists all the BCLS club shows.  Help make our calendar great!

Here is the cover page of the 2018 BCLS calendar… this could be your photo in 2019!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me by responding to this email.


Denise Cullen
BCLS Calendar Coordinator,