Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Workshop

Open Workshop

Please Note – in order to use the workshop you must be a club member ($25) so our liability insurance covers you.
The workshop is located at the Silver Threads Centre at 286 Hampton Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1
The workshop is usually open for drop in use on Thursday evenings 7pm to 9pm and Saturdays 11am to 3pm.  Please check the calendar for upcoming hours of access.

VLMS Courses

Please Note – in order for to take classes you must be a club member ($25) so our liability insurance covers you.

Check the Calendar for details on upcoming course dates.  Courses are popular and fill up very quickly.  Email us at vlmsworkshop@gmail.com to be added to a waitlist for future courses.

Beginner’s Silversmithing Course

Location – Courses are held in the club workshop at 286 Hampton, Seniors’ Centre next door to our meetings.
Schedule – The schedule varies depending on the course and the day of the week that it is being offered.
Students – normal course load is 5 students for Basic Lapidary and 4 students for Basic Silversmithing.
Duration – Basic Lapidary is 8 hours in total, Basic Silversmithing is 10 hours in total.  Total length of hours per class day is dependant on the instructor.

Basic Lapidary Course

Provides the basis 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.

Course materials and tools are provided.

To see a slideshow on what the course helps you make check out this post.
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Advanced Lapidary Course

Building on the skills learned in the Beginner’s Lapidary course, participants will select a group project to work on such as intarsia, a lapidary object d’ art, or other topic using more challenging methods and materials. Typically this course will involve use of a flat lap, standard arbours, and other lapidary tools. Participants should be proficient in the lapidary arts before attempting this course as the course is intended to challenge and build techniques.

There may be a fee for course materials depending on the project selected.
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Opal Lapidary Course

The Opal course explores one of the most popular materials. Participants will learn how to grade and select opal, treat common issues, maximize yield and display of colours. You will produce a triplet (material provided), a singlet, and a doublet. You must be proficient in basic lapidary skills for this course and taken beginner’s lapidary.

Course materials are provided for a triplet, for the other cuts you can either provide material or purchase from club members.
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Beginner’s Silversmithing Course

Provides the basis of skill sets, safety and shop usage for silversmithing work. Participants will be given knowledge of equipment types, usage, safety requirements, soldering, and basic silversmithing methods. This is primarily a hands on course and you must have reasonable hand strength and coordination. You will complete a basic silver ring and a bezel set pendant for a cabochon.

There will be a materials fee covering the cost of silver – Course tools and manual are provided. Beginner’s Lapidary is not required but recommended.
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If you are interested in these courses or workshops and want more details please email us at vlmsworkshop@gmail.com