Wed, July 20 • 9:30am–5:30pm
Prerequisite: Metalsmithing 1
Learn how to design and cast unique pieces in a process that is easily done at home with only a torch, crucible, casting flux and various colors of casting grains and alloys.
In this exciting workshop, participants will learn simple techniques for casting Sterling Silver, bronze, and gold or red alloys with the use of cuttlebone to create texture and design. You will explore methods for creating different gauges of metal for fabricating a unique piece of jewelry. Each of you will create a simple pendant and other castings to use in future jewelry designs.
Once you grasp the steps in this simple casting technique, this can be done from pristine cuttlebone to metal casting in your hand, in about 45 minutes!
Finished pieces can be used in all kinds of jewelry designs. Judy has taken this style of metal casting to an art form rarely seen which is both elegant and very appealing.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
- 3-4 oz metal of your choice, Sterling silver, gold alloy, red alloy, etc. We recommend Sterling Silver for your first casting
- 1 or 2 cuttlebones (pet store by the parakeet food)
- Variety of dental tools for carving cuttlebone; a favorite tool is a cuticle cutter--looks like a flat piece of metal slightly concave with a v-notch at the top
- wire brush
- N95 or better particulate mask
- 16 gauge drill bit
- Round needle file
- chain, leather cord, etc.
- blue and peach Bristle Discs and mandrels
- 2 pair of flat nose pliers
- jeweler’s saw frame
- 1 dozen 1/0 saw blades
- 1 each chain nose and round nose pliers
- Half-round Habilis file, cut 00
- 2 sheets 220 grit sandpaper
- small, soft brush (very soft bristle toothbrush or very soft paint brush)
- Please bring: masking tape, scissors, permanent marker, apron, safety glasses
*This is a good way to use your clean Sterling Silver scrap, just make sure there is no solder on the scrap.
Contact Hours 8 | Studio Fee included (a $15 value)
Cuttlebone Casting: Wed, July 20