Junior Rockhounds

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Jr Rockhounds–Age 12–17:Wire Wrapping Seed Beading - Bergquist Green
This course combines basic instruction in both seed beading and wire wrap. Projects allow students to build skills steadily to accomplish projects of increasing complexity. At a minimum, five wire wrap projects will be presented plus complementary or enhancing beaded projects such as a Kumihimo necklace to accompany a wire wrapped pendant. Design elements to include beaded accents for wire wrapped pieces will be presented.  Additional projects will be offered as student’s experience, interest, and time allow. Students who have taken this or a similar course previously will be provided new projects commensurate with their experience, interest, and ability. Although all required supplies and tools will be available for use during the class, students may bring their own tools and supplies. Optivisor or magnifying clip-ons are strongly recommended. Lab fee covers handouts, supplies for proposed projects including all beads, findings, cabochons and shaped brass, bronze and copper wire. Beads and cabochons for wire wrap projects beyond the pre-planned projects plus silver-filled, sterling silver or gold-filled wire will be available for purchase from the instructors. Contact Sandra with questions at email: slbergquist@cox.net.

Lab Fee: $110.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$40
Prerequisites: None

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Junior Rock Camp for Kids – Ages 6 – 12 - Green Stinton
We will be doing camp crafts which will include tie-dye t-shirts, painted rocks (which we will hide around the campus), friendship bracelets, dream catchers and other camp activities as time allows. Weather permitting, we will be going on a day trip to the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum and one of the local mines. Polymer Clay will be taught by Stacey Stinton. Students will learn polymer clay basics. Lab fee includes all materials for projects. 

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Junior Rockhound – Ages 13 – 16: Mineral Identification - Marsha Harmon & Stacey Stinton
We will be doing 4 field trips to collect local gems and minerals to include: quartz, garnets, staurolites, feldspar, moonstone, rubies, gold and mica. We will also visit the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, Dahlonega Gold History Museum, a Franklin sluice mine, and pan for gold in a stream in Georgia. Nature hikes, Polymer Clay and other associated crafts will be taught by Stacey Stinton. Lab fee includes all materials for projects, transportation, museum entry, sluice mine, water and packed lunch on field trip days. Students need to bring water shoes, old clothing, towel, and be verbally responsive in nature settings.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Junior Rockhound – Ages 13 – 17: Young Adult Wire Wrap Class - Ron Miller
This class is designed for young adults age 13-17. The main objective is to introduce wire wrapping to young adults. The class will include rings, bracelets, pendants, dream catchers, and gem trees. Kits will include copper, brass and silver filled wire. Beads, charms, cabochons, findings and small items for projects will be included also. Plan on doing 14 to 16 projects as time allows.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Junior Rockhound – Ages 8 – 14 (Jrs. & Srs.) - Scott Forward
Enjoy the thrill of hunting for rocks and minerals with your son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter. You will learn how to identify and classify all the rocks that you find, and you will find a lot. This class brings family together to enjoy spending time together whiles searching for awesome minerals. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend some time together, and you may even inspire some new rockhounds. Enrollment for this class requires two students; one student age 8-14 and a second 21 or older. Lab fee is for both students. Applications for this class will be reviewed and approved prior to confirmation.

Lab Fee: $300.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Junior Rockhound – Ages 9 – 13: Wire Wrap Class - Ron Miller
This class is designed for students 9 to 13 years of age. The main objective of the class is to introduce basic wire wrapping to young students. The morning session of the class will include wire wrapping projects that students can complete successfully. The afternoon sessions will include crafts and activities that are fun and appropriate for this age group. The daily schedule will allow for planned breaks in each session.

Lab Fee: $110.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Junior Rockhounds Jewelry Making, Beading, & Metalsmithing - Debbie Gates
We will focus on safety in the classroom and learn the appropriate use of various tools. Students will be introduced to techniques including piercing, sawing, hammering, texturing, doming, stamping, filing, patina, finishing and polishing metal. We will discuss the color wheel, balance, proportion and style. Taking some of the metal pieces we had made, we will design jewelry and decorative objects using various sizes, shapes and colors of beads. Students will be able to complete 9 items3 sets of jewelry a necklace, bracelet and earrings. Additional metal and beads can be purchased at market prices. Students will be given a booklet illustrating each technique and project.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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