The following pages and/or people are some great resources to which I often turn. I hope the provided links help you. Their inclusion on this page is a courtesy. There is no financial connection between Purple Porpoise Creations and the resources listed on this page.
The Arlington Gem and Mineral Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit gem and mineral club dedicated to the expansion of knowledge in the geological sciences and related metal, mineral and lapidary arts by offering adult, family, and youth activities At just under 400 members, AGMC is the largest and most active gem and mineral club in North Texas. The club is best known for its low-cost, high quality classes, which cover a range ot subjects such as lapidary, silversmithing, wire wrapping, glass, enamel, beading, etc. Membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month.
Dallas Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, shared community workshop and laboratory. Members are an organized group of local artists, engineers, makers, and thinkers who work together to provide tools and learning resources to the public. This is another great potential learning resource. The great thing about the Space is that members have 24/7 access to a variety of tools and resources, including those related to jewelry-making, metalwork, wood working, 3D printing, creative arts, and other such pursuits.
Fendol Chiles - A lifetime member of the Arlington Gem and Mineral Club (AGMC), Fendol Chiles recently recevied a U.S. Patent on “The Portable Ergonomic Adjustable Jewelers Work Station.” Having used it myselfi, can attest to the brilliance of his idea. If you interested in learning more about the device, contact me and I'll connect you with Fendol.
DIY Castings - Craig Dabler runs a great shop for purchasing kits andequ ipment for sand casting. check out his website and tell him who sent you.