Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization

 

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Lapidary Events

At the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, Delaware, Fall 2018

The event is open to the general public, DMS Members, and DMNH Members.

(Non-members must pay museum admission fee and can tour the museum before and after the classes.)

Registration open now! Credit cards and PayPal accepted.

 

BEGINNERS WIRE-WRAPPING WORKSHOP

Sunday, September, 9th,   1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Delaware Mineralogical Society is having a workshop for beginners in the art of wire-wrapping a piece of jewelry.  Wire-wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making handmade jewelry and dates back thousands of years with some of the earliest pieces being found in Ancient Rome. 

Wire-wrapping can be used to create whimsical pieces as well as pieces of jewelry, such as pendants, bracelets and necklaces. This Beginner’s workshop will teach the basics of wire-wrapping and two items will be made.   

The workshop is open to DMS and DMNH members. The fee includes all supplies needed for the workshop.

Guest Instructor:    Ellen Schwarzkopf                      Class Limit:  12 Adults 

Registration deadline:  September 2, 2018              Click here to register

Pre-registration required.  $55

 

 

PEARL AND BEAD KNOTTING WORKSHOP

Sunday, October 14th,   1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Delaware Mineralogical Society is having a workshop on the ancient method of stringing beads using silk thread and hand knotting.  Necklaces made with knotting are flexible and protect the beads, especially pearls and semi-precious stones. 

The workshop is open to DMS and DMNH members.  The fee includes all supplies needed for the workshop.  Strands of beads will be provided or you can bring a strand of your own.

Guest Instructor:    Alex Kane                                   Class Limit:  12 Adults

Registration deadline:  October 7, 2018              Click here to register

Pre-registration required.  $30

 

SOAPSTONE CARVING

Sunday, November 11th,   1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Delaware Mineralogical Society is having a workshop on carving soapstone.  You will learn how to carve soapstone both with modern tools and tools that American Indians would have used.  A number of items can be made from the soapstone cobbles that came from local streams near Indian quarries.  These items can range from amulets to masks to soapstone lamps and the students can choose what they want to make.  This is a good introduction to carving soapstone.

The workshop is open to DMS and DMNH members.  The fee includes all supplies needed for the workshop and includes a modern tool for each student to take home along with their finished pieces.

Guest Instructor: Dan Coates                                    Class Limit:  12 Adults

Registration deadline:  November 4, 2018        Click here to register

Pre-registration required.  $45 

                                                          
Indian soapstone artifacts owned by the instructor, who is the President of the Archaeology Society of the Northern Chesapeake.