Jerri  Heer

Jerri has been making Gem Trees since 1995. She fell into rock hounding and Lapidary Arts in the process of homeschooling her four children. The family joined the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club and learned rock collecting, cabbing, soapstone carving, gem trees and flint knapping together. She has also has studied Silversmithing, Beading, and Scrimshaw. Jerri took Gem Trees to a new level, designing her own styles and patterns and developing her own techniques. She specializes in species specific gem trees. She has taught Gem Trees for many Gem and Mineral Clubs, local schools and scout groups as well as William Holland and Wild Acres. Her Gem Tree competitive exhibits have earned awards with the Rocky Mountain Federation, American Federation, Florida State Fair and the Florida Strawberry Festival. She relocated to Florida and is a member of four rock clubs (so far).

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Gem Trees I - Jerri Heer
This class will start with the basic skills of gem tree making and graduate to an exploration of multiple styles and advanced designs of truly beautiful and species specific trees. We will discuss, study and sample a variety of construction methods, as well as how to plan and create our own patterns from nature. Lab fee includes wire, leaf stones, bases and materials to make at least three trees of the student's choice. All instructions, patterns, tools and materials are provided. Student is encouraged to be creative and bring ideas to design their own trees. A large variety of additional wire, leaf and base materials will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $80.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$150
Prerequisites: None

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