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COVID-19 Updates

 SHIPPING DELAYS NOTICE Canada Post advises that delivery times are at least one week longer than usual--so add that time to the estimated delivery date for any Barb's Outlet Etsy orders. Canada Post is dealing with Christmas volumes of mail, due to people ordering online rather than shopping in stores. I believe the US postal system is dealing with the same situation. GI[...]

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Hidden surprise – part 2

Do you remember the mystery stone with a hidden surprise? As it happens, there were more surprises in store after I blogged about this stone. For starters, it took me a good deal longer than 45 minutes to finish grinding and polishing the two halves of the stone--especially after I decided the partially ground and polished cabochons were too thick. This was a weight consideration[...]

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Red Deer Rock n’ Gem Show

Our Rock Club had a table at the Red Deer Rock n' Gem Show yesterday. We displayed a number of member-made items on our table (beadwork items by Carolyn (Lady Beadle); fold-formed items by Ron; hand-forged copper bowls by Doug; and wire-wrapped and silversmith items by me). Ron, Doug, and Tony took turns giving fold-forming demonstrations for onlookers (using an anvil mounted[...]

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Student ring

Glamour shot of student ring from recent class This Argentium silver ring was made by a student in my recent knot-a-ring class at the Lacombe Handicraft and Lapidary Guild. It is only the second ring she's made. Instead of using a single wire, she used two--and wrapped them as though they were one. I brought the ring home to further polish and harden it in my rock t[...]

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