Casting is an amazing and ancient way to create jewellery!
An excellent technique for absolute beginners to achieve fun results; more advanced students can develop and refine their skills to reach amazing levels of detail and complex designs.
We have several options for learning:
The 4 week Lost Wax classes that run as evening classes from 5.30-8pm,
or a weekend workshop in low tech casting techniques that happen right in the studio.
Lost Wax Casting Workshop
Level one: learn the techniques of working with wax to create beautiful textures in metal that can be used in multiple ways. A fantastic course that's full of fun and inspiration! Students learn carving in hard wax, texture forming in soft wax and how to clean up and finish your metal pieces. Course costs include basic materials for the process, but do not include the eventual metal costs for the pieces you choose to cast. As this is subject to each students' choice of size and type of metal, we leave this up to you to decide. Castings may cost between $5 and $40 depending on whether you cast in Silver or Bronze. Casting in Bronze or Brass will be much cheaper.
Level two: expand your range of designs and skills with the wax you prefer using. Learn to set stones into your designs and either: Cast them IN the metal (exciting and organic) or, more advanced students can learn to set them in a fabrication class.
Note: Course fees include waxes and courier costs for sending our castings away.
Metal, casting costs and stones are extra.
Next dates to be confirmed.
In Studio Casting Workshop
A fabulous introduction to the exciting art of low tech metal casting a single Sunday.
Students are shown how to cast molten silver and copper into sand and cuttlefish bone, an artisan technique that has been used by jewellers for thousands of years.
Beginners and more advanced students welcome.
Next workshop: Christchurch - 10 November THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.
We will be scheduling another in early 2020.