Gems and mineral show at fairgrounds. 2012.05.23

Written by David Green.

A wire wrap jewelry artist and a spool knitting expert are the featured guests at this year’s State Line Gem and Mineral Society show. The annual program is scheduled June 1-3 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon.

The 51st annual show, “Still Rockin’,” will feature a variety of demonstrations and displays throughout the weekend.

Wire wrap jewelry artist Alice Turner and spool knitting expert Grit (Irwin) Turner are well known in the lapidary community and have taught at the William Holland School of Lapidary in Young Harris, Ga.

The Turners live in Holt, Mich., and attend various rock, gem and jewelry shows throughout the Midwest. They teach on an individual basis in their home and Alice has created a DVD of her custom wire wrap jewelry. 

The Turners will show their work and demonstrate their techniques during the show.

“It started with collecting and evolved into sharing and teaching others,” said Alice, explaining their love of passing on their skills to others.

The Turners belong to the Central Michigan Lapidary and Mineral Society of East Lansing. Alice has created jewelry for 28 years and Grit has done intricate spool knitting of copper, silver and gold chain for 25 years.

Educational demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend, including geode cracking, cabochon cutting, soapstone carving and flint knapping.

Rock, mineral, fossil and crystal collections will be on display and dealers will be on hand. Refreshments will available, along with children’s activities, door prizes and a raffle. 

The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. A raffle is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 517/ 263-1669.

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