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Tuscarora Lapidary Society, Inc.
24 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015

The Tuscarora Lapidary Society is a non-profit educational corporation, and Pennsylvania Purely Public Charity, organized to encourage and teach the science and art of lapidary (the cutting and polishing of gemstones), as well as the arts and sciences associated with lapidary interests.

Come explore gem cutting, jewelry making, and related arts and sciences with us.

We teach the journey from rocks to gems to jewelry.

 

Class Schedule

TLS Summer 2017 Class Schedule for Non-members

TLS Education Center, 24 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015

TLS offers classes to adults interested in pursuing lapidary and jewelry arts. No previous experience is needed unless a prerequisite is noted. In some courses and workshops there is an additional charge for supplies and equipment.

The Summer Class Session will begin Saturday July 1, 2017, at the state-of-the-art TLS Education Center, 24 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA. Click here for directions and a map.

The registration deadline is Tuesday June 20, 2017, unless otherwise indicated. Acceptance or rejection notices and a list of required materials will be sent after the deadline, prior to class. Students are enrolled in the order that checks and forms are received. Please note: Checks for full tuition must accompany the registration form in order to reserve a spot in the class. Send registration form and check to Bill Frampton, Registrar, 168 Creek Dr., Elkton, MD 21921. For additional questions or more information contact our Assistant Registrar, Linda Lakitsky, LKLakitsky@comcast.net or 610-458-5135.

Click here for a Registration Form.

Please note that no classes will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Classes scheduled for Mondays will make up that day in June. 

 

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WEEKDAY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

MONDAY

Example

Wax Carving/Casting: (5 weeks beginning July 10) 7:30-9:30PM. Limit 10. Learn how to make a wax model that will be sent out and cast into a piece of sterling silver jewelry. Open to new and experienced students. The first night will be an orientation. Instructor: Don Schwarzkopf. Tuition: $60. Wax is provided; required tools may cost $15-$50 depending on items you may already have. For the supply and tool list, click HERE. Most items will be available to purchase at reduced cost the first night of class.

 

TUESDAY

Example

Beyond Beginning Silver – Men’s jewelry: (5 weeks beginning July 11) 10AM-1PM. Minimum 6, maximum 10. Prerequisite: Solid knowledge of silver soldering and sawing, recommended for intermediate/advanced students. This class will explore making Men's Jewelry. Learn how to make a Maori Tribe pendant, as well as a ring with a cabochon. Guest instructor: Marthe Roberts/Shea. Tuition: $205. Required supplies to be purchased in advance may cost $85, depending on items you may already have. For the supply and tool list, click HERE.

Example

Opals: (5 weeks beginning July 11) 7:30-9:30PM. Limit 10. Prerequisite: One TLS Beginning Cabochon course. Hear from the opal master himself. Learn how to value and everything else about opals. Instructor: Bill Mattis. Tuition: $60.

 

WEDNESDAY

Example

Beginning/Intermediate Cabochons: (5 weeks beginning July 12) 7:30-9:30PM. Limit 6. Learn to cut and polish rounded gemstones called 'cabochons'. Open to new students and those honing their skills in cutting and polishing stones. Instructors: Gary Cummings and Christy Potter. Tuition: $65.

Example

Basics of Chain Maille Workshop: (One-evening workshop, July 12) 6-9PM. Limit 10. Learn the basic techniques of working with jump rings. This workshop covers opening and closing jump rings, chain maille terminology, jump ring materials, their properties, and the effect different materials have on weaves. Students will complete a pair of basic chain earrings. Skill Level: Beginning. Instructor: Sharon Parsons. Tuition: $40. Materials fee, payable to instructor, $7.

Example

Beyond Beginner Chain Maille Workshop – Byzantine Roses: (One-evening workshop, July 19) 6-9PM. Limit 8. This popular bracelet incorporates Byzantine units and Rosettes. This is an elegant pattern that is versatile and fun to make! Skill Level: Skilled Beginner. Instructor: Sharon Parsons. Tuition: $40. Materials fee, payable to instructor, approximately $4-$48 (varies with student’s choice of material).

Example

Beyond Beginner Chain Maille Workshop – Half Persian 3 in 1: (One-evening workshop, July 26) 6-9PM. Limit 8. This chain, also known as the “flat” chain, lies flat against the skin and makes a lovely charm bracelet. Instructor: Sharon Parsons. Skill Level: Intermediate. Tuition: $40. Materials fee, payable to instructor, approximately $4-$55 (varies with student’s choice of material).

 

 

 

THURSDAY

 

No Thursday Classes Summer 2017

 

FRIDAY

 

No Friday classes Summer 2017

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Please note that no classes will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Classes scheduled for Mondays will make up that day in June. 

 

Example

Glass Bead-making: (Two-day workshop, Saturday & Sunday, July 8-9) 9AM-5PM. Limit 10.  For beginners and those with some bead-making experience. Students will use a torch to make beads out of Moretti glass. This course satisfies the prerequisite for TLS Open Torch sessions. Instructors: Frank Warner and Lisa Laffend. Tuition: $160.

Example

Bead weaving – Ribbon Candy Bracelet: (One-day workshop, Saturday, July 15) 10AM-4PM. Limit 4. Create a beautiful bracelet using right angle weave with seed beads, rounds and crystals. Instructor: Jill Kilmartin. Tuition: $60. Materials fee, payable to instructor, $30.

Example

Funky Casting - Using Silver Scrap to Create Jewelry Components: (One-day workshop, Saturday, August 5) 10AM-4PM. Limit 8. Explore different casting methods to convert scrap sterling silver into jewelry and jewelry components including cuttlebone, broom, ice water and salt casting. Instructors: Linda Green and Maxine Burkholder. Tuition: $60. Students should bring scrap silver, cuttlebones, and any carving tools that they may have. A limited amount of sterling silver scrap and cuttlebones will be available for purchase from instructors. For the supply and tool list, click HERE.

Example

Viking Knit: (One-day workshop, Saturday, August 12) 10AM-4PM. Limit 4. Learn an art of wire weaving to create bracelets and necklaces out of copper or silver wire. Instructor: Jill Kilmartin. Tuition: $60. Materials fee, payable to instructor, approximately $15.

 

Tool Savvy: (Two-day workshop, Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27) 9AM-5PM. Minimum 8, maximum 10. You’ve spent enough money on your tools! Learn how to take care of them by keeping them in “like New” condition. Breathe life into your used equipment and have it run like new! You’ll learn how to, lubricate and change a flex shaft on a hanging-style motor, fix that annoying loose hammerhead for good, remove rust from files and other steel equipment, sharpen Disk cutter punches and learn uses for flex shaft attachments and how to make your own from everyday items. Guest instructor: Marthe Roberts/Shea. Tuition: $195. Required supplies to be purchased in advance may cost $50 depending on items you already have. For the supply and tool list, click HERE.

 

OPEN SHOP SESSIONS

Please note that no classes will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Classes scheduled for Mondays will make up that day in June. 

Example

Open Cabbing: (Mondays: 7/10, 8/7; Saturdays: 7/8, 8/5, 8/26) 10AM-4PM. Limit 5. Prerequisite: One TLS Beginning Cabochon course. Supervisors: Christy Potter and Stacey Segal. Fee: $33 per day.

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Open Metalsmithing/Soldering: (Mondays: 7/10, 7/24, 8/7, 8/21; Saturdays: 7/1, 8/12) 10AM-4PM. Limit 8. Prerequisite: One TLS silver class or equivalent (as approved by Supervisor). Supervisors: Mondays, Linda Green/Maxine Burkholder; Saturdays, Stacey Segal/Pete Santucci. Fee: $33 per day.

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Open Torch (Bead-making/Flameworking): (Saturday and/or Sunday, July 22 & 23, 29 & 30) 9AM-5PM. Prerequisite: One TLS bead-making course. Limit 10. Coordinator: Frank Warner. Fee: $44 per day ($88 for both days of a weekend).

 

 

 

Click here for Course Descriptions.