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 Post subject: USFG-Franklin Faceters Frolic - July 23, 24, & 25 - 2015
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The next Frolic is coming up this July. Make plans now to attend! For more information, see: http://franklinfacetersfrolic.com/


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If everything goes as planned I will be there. If I can make it in time then I hope to take the GemCad class.

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If you didn't see it on other venues:

FRIDAY JULY 24th - 4:00 pm – Roger Dery will present the documentary:

"Sharing The Rough": From Mine to Market:

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The world of colored gemstones is still dominated by individual miners and artisans, and each has a powerful and extremely unique story to tell.

Sharing the Rough has captured the realism and appreciation of the world of colored gemstones: from the hands of the East African Miners who bring these treasures to the surface, to the Gem Cutter who breathes life into the rough stone, to the Designer who accentuates the beauty of the gem through precious metals.

The film encapsulates the passion and beauty of one of nature’s most precious gifts, weaving together the remarkable journey of all the hands that share in the creation of wearable art. Never before has a film documented the passion of what it takes to bring a colored gemstone from deep inside an African mine, to an heirloom that will be treasured for generations.


More information is available at http://www.sharingtherough.com/ and if you are on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SharingTheRough?fref=ts

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The USFG - Franklin Faceters Frolic is less that 3 months away!!! Starting making your plans now!!!

Here is the schedule of programs and GemCad classes taught by Robert Strickland, the author of GemCad.

FFF8 Schedule

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GemCad classes taught by Robert Strickland, the author of GemCad and GemRayWin *(see below for registration details)*

9:00 am to 11:00 am – GemCad for Beginners – For those who want to learn the basic How-To of GemCad Software. The Beginner class will introduce you to the basic commands and features of GemCad. You should bring your laptop with GemCad already loaded on it ready to go by 9:00 AM. You can download a free trial of GemCad before the class, which is good for 30 days. If you do not purchase before you get there, you may purchase during the Frolic from Robert. Once you learn how to use, we believe you will realize the real value in this software tool for any level if faceting you do. www.gemcad.com

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Intermediate GemCad – For those who need a refresher on basic GemCad and further operations.

Dealers open for business in the Depot Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday, July 24, 2015

9:00 am – 1:00 am – Advanced GemCad – For those who have a good understanding of GemCad and wish to explore more advanced methods.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Jeff Hapeman – Earth’s Treasury– Gemstone Photography:

This will be a two-hour program. The talk itself will take about 90 minutes and then have a 30-minute Q&A. It will cover a number of topics, starting first with the basics of photography as it relates to gems, things like depth of field, etc. Jeff will outline camera requirements and options for good cameras at different price points. Next he will discuss composing the image and then will segue into lighting, perhaps the single most important component of gem photography. Jeff will conclude with an overview of image processing and preparation for different purposes, such as putting the image on the web.

Dealers open for business in the Depot Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:00 in The Depot Room – The Faceters Meet and Pretty Stone Contest

Bring a stone that you have cut and enter in either the Natural or Simulated Gem division. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category. This is a “Beauty Contest” and voting will be by those in attendance. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for $5.00 per person. Come and enjoy meeting with the dealers, speakers and other faceters.

Saturday, July 26, 2015

10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Kate Pleatman – Facets and Frosting – Transition from Hobby Cutter to Business. Things you need to know in order to be successful in business as gem cutter.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Master Gem Cutter Jerry Call will discuss some of his cutting tips and techniques for Maximizing Your Rough. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!

Dealers open for business in the Depot Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Other speakers and programs will be announced soon.
*GemCad Class Registration*:

Robert Strickland will offer three GemCad classes:

The Beginner class will introduce you to the basic commands and features of GemCad.

The Intermediate course will be a refresher on the basics and creating and modifying existing designs and creating new designs of your own.

The Advanced course is for GemCad users who would like to explore the finer points of GemCad.

The cost is $25.00 per class. To register and pay for the classes, can go to the website - www.franklinfacetersfrolic.com. Or send a check made payable to The Faceters Frolic c/o Tom Maxwell, 1741 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC 29063.

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If you didn't see it on other venues:

FRIDAY JULY 24th - 4:00 pm – Roger Dery will present the documentary:

"Sharing The Rough": From Mine to Market:

Quote:
The world of colored gemstones is still dominated by individual miners and artisans, and each has a powerful and extremely unique story to tell.

Sharing the Rough has captured the realism and appreciation of the world of colored gemstones: from the hands of the East African Miners who bring these treasures to the surface, to the Gem Cutter who breathes life into the rough stone, to the Designer who accentuates the beauty of the gem through precious metals.

The film encapsulates the passion and beauty of one of nature’s most precious gifts, weaving together the remarkable journey of all the hands that share in the creation of wearable art. Never before has a film documented the passion of what it takes to bring a colored gemstone from deep inside an African mine, to an heirloom that will be treasured for generations.


More information is available at http://www.sharingtherough.com/ and if you are on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SharingTheRough?fref=ts


Even if you have seen it before - We will be showing it in Hi-Def Blu-Ray with enhanced wound and a few added features. It's worth seeing the second time!

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 Post subject: Re: USFG-Franklin Faceters Frolic - July 23, 24, & 25 - 2015
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USFG-Franklin Faceters Dealer List

2015 Dealers
Equipment and Supplies

Marsh Howard – Lightning Laps and Polishes – http://www.lightninglap.com – Marsh will have a good supply of all of his latest laps and polishes. The original Lightning Lap, The Beast Diamond Polish, and the Mag-Dop

Tom Maxwell – Carolina Custom Gems – http://www.carolinacustomgems.com -Tom will have the Graves Mark 5XL digital faceting machine set up and available for demonstration and immediate delivery. Tom is also a representative for Ultra-Tec and will be demonstrating the latest Ultra-Tec V-5 digital faceting machine. In addition, Tom will have a complete line of Gearloose Polishing Laps and Polishing Products and fine facet rough.

Ultra-Tec rep, Gerry Boykin will be demonstrating the Ultra-Tec Fantasy Machine.

Charlie Musitano – Jersey Instruments – Charlie will have the Omni-E and Patriot faceting machine on display,
Faceting Rough

John Garsow – John E. Garsow Gems and Minerals – John will have a large selection of fine facet rough from all over the world.

Farooq Hassmi – Mine Direct will be there with faceting rough from his latest buying trips.

Dan Lynch – Dan will have sunstone, ametrine, zircon, tanzanite, heliodor, amethyst, and tourmaline, plus what he finds on a buying trip to Africa in June.

You will find almost everything you would want in the way of faceting equipment and supplies along with facet rough not available anywhere else all in one place. These dealers are great people and have the highest ethical standards. Without their support, the Frolic couldn’t take place.

Admission to the USFG-FFF8 is FREE this year thanks to a generous donation from the United States Faceters Guild. USFG President Will Smith will be in attendance and explain the goals of the USFG to encourage new people to join our hobby/avocation.

There will be DOOR PRIZES each day donated by the dealers along with a Grand Prize on Saturday donated by The Frolic. Raffle tickets will be $1.00 each and the more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning some nice rough or faceting accessory. You do not have to be present to win, however contact information will be needed. The proceeds of the sale of raffle tickets goes a long way in supporting The Frolic and helping it grow. The Frolic is the only event of its kind for the faceting community in the Eastern United States.

See Schedule for Registration and Payment information for GemCad Classes.

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tmm5111@gmail.com
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Due to some last minute cancellations, the speakers and programs have been changed. The GemCad class remain the same but the speaker have changed.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
[b]2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Sue Lichtenburge
r [/b]– Cutting My First Competition Stone
Sue will share her experience this year, cutting the USFG Novice Single Stone Competition Design. Followed by Will Smith who will discuss how to Approach Competition Cutting.

Saturday, July 26, 2015
10:00 am to 11:00 pm – Roundtable Discussion - Will Smith updating you on the activities taking place this year at USFG.


For updated program information and list of dealers go to http://franklinfacetersfrolic.com/

We are looking forward to a great Frolic again this year. See you there!


Revised Schedule 7-10-15

Dealers open for business in the Banquet Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, July 23, 2015

GemCad classes taught by Robert Strickland, the author of GemCad and GemRayWin *(see below for registration details)*

9:00 am to 11:00 am – GemCad for Beginners – For those who want to learn the basic How- To of GemCad Software. The Beginner class will introduce you to the basic commands and features of GemCad. You should bring your laptop with GemCad already loaded on it ready to go by 9:00 AM. You can download a free trial of GemCad before the class, which is good for 30 days. If you do not purchase before you get there, you may purchase during the Frolic from Robert. Once you learn how to use, we believe you will realize the real value in this software tool for any level if faceting you do. http://www.gemcad.com
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Intermediate GemCad – For those who need a refresher on basic GemCad and further operations.

Friday, July 24, 2015

9:00 am – 1:00 am – Advanced GemCad – For those who have a good understanding of GemCad and wish to explore more advanced methods.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Sue Lichtenburger – Cutting My First Competition Stone
Sue will share her experience this year, cutting the USFG Novice Single Stone Competition Design. Followed by Will Smith who will discuss how to Approach Competition Cutting.

4:00 pm – Roger Dery will present the documentary:
Sharing The Rough: From Mine to Market:
“The world of colored gemstones is still dominated by individual miners and artisans, and each has a powerful and extremely unique story to tell.
Sharing the Rough has captured the realism and appreciation of the world of colored gemstones: from the hands of the East African Miners who bring these treasures to the surface, to the Gem Cutter who breathes life into the rough stone, to the Designer who accentuates the beauty of the gem through precious metals.
The film encapsulates the passion and beauty of one of nature’s most precious gifts, weaving together the remarkable journey of all the hands that share in the creation of wearable art. Never before has a film documented the passion of what it takes to bring a colored gemstone from deep inside an African mine, to an heirloom that will be treasured for generations.”
More information is available at http://www.sharingtherough.com/ and if you are on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SharingTheRough?fref=ts


Dealers open for business in the Banquet Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:00 in The Depot Room – The Faceters Meet and Pretty Stone Contest
Bring a stone that you have cut and enter in either the Natural or Simulated Gem division. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category. This is a “Beauty Contest” and voting will be by those in attendance. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for $5.00 per person. Come and enjoy meeting with the dealers, speakers and other faceters.

Saturday, July 26, 2015

10:00 am to 11:00 pm – Roundtable Discussion - Will Smith updating you on the activities taking place this year at USFG.

Dan Lynch on his recent Rough Buying Trip to Africa with Roger Dery, discussing how his trip compares with Sharing the Rough

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Master Gem Cutter Jerry Call will discuss some of his cutting tips and techniques for Maximizing Your Rough. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!

Dealers open for business in the Banquet Room from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
***GemCad Class Registration**
Robert Strickland will offer three GemCad classes:
The Beginner class will introduce you to the basic commands and features of GemCad.
The Intermediate course will be a refresher on the basics and creating and modifying existing designs and creating new designs of your own.
The Advanced course is for GemCad users who would like to explore the finer points of GemCad.

The cost is $25.00 per class. To register and pay for the classes, click on the links above, or send a check in the amount of $25.00 for each class you would like to register for made payable to The Faceters Frolic and mail to Tom Maxwell, 1741 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC 29063. Or you can send an email to Tom Maxwell – tmm5111@gmail.com – and you will receive a PayPal invoice for the classes requested.

Dealers
Equipment and Supplies

Marsh Howard – Lightning Laps and Polishes – http://www.lightninglap.com– Marsh will have a good supply of all of his latest laps and polishes. The original Lightning Lap, The Beast Diamond Polish, and the Mag-Dop

Tom Maxwell – Carolina Custom Gems – http://www.carolinacustomgems.com -Tom will have the Graves Mark 5XL digital faceting machine set up and available for demonstration and immediate delivery. Tom is also a representative for Ultra-Tec and will be demonstrating the latest Ultra- Tec V-5 digital faceting machine. In addition, Tom will have a complete line of Gearloose Polishing Laps and Polishing Products and fine facet rough.

Ultra-Tec Representative Gerry Boykin will be demonstrating the Ultra-Tec Fantasy
Machine.

Charlie Musitano – Jersey Instruments – Charlie will have the Omni-E and Patriot faceting machine on display,

Faceting Rough

John Garsow – John E. Garsow Gems and Minerals – John will have a large selection of fine facet rough from all over the world.

Farooq Hassmi – Mine Direct will be there with faceting rough from his latest buying trips.

Dan Lynch – Dan will have sunstone, ametrine, zircon, tanzanite, heliodor, amethyst, and tourmaline, plus what he finds on a buying trip to Africa in June.

Lisa Elser – Custom Cut Gems – http://www.lisaelser.com - Lisa will have rough from her latest buying trip to Tanzania and other locations.

Kins Ndoh – Choice Gems Company - Kins will have a nice selection of rough from Nigeria and other locations.

All of these dealers are great people and have the highest ethical standards. extremely honest and ethical they have and we welcome them. Without their support, the Frolic couldn't take place.

You will find almost everything you would want in the way of faceting equipment and supplies along with facet rough not available anywhere else all in one place. These dealers are great people and have the highest ethical standards. Without their support, the Frolic couldn’t take place.

Admission to the USFG-FFF8 is FREE this year thanks to a generous support from our dealers and the United States Faceters Guild. USFG President Will Smith will be in attendance and explain the goals of the USFG to encourage new people to join our hobby/avocation.

There will be DOOR PRIZES each day donated by the dealers along with a Grand Prize on Saturday donated by The Frolic. Raffle tickets will be $1.00 each and the more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning some nice rough or faceting accessory. You do not have to be present to win, however contact information will be needed. The proceeds of the sale of raffle tickets go a long way in supporting The Frolic and helping it grow. The Frolic is the only event of its kind for the faceting community in the Eastern United States.

See Schedule for Registration and Payment information for GemCad Classes.

For updated information and list of dealers go to http://franklinfacetersfrolic.com/

© 2015

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