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Cuttlefish Casting Day

NEW - A full day of jewellery experimenting! Early bird pricing till 22 July

  • Starts Aug 11
  • From 225 New Zealand dollars
  • Workspace Ōtaki Beach

Available spots

Service Description

Spend a day creating something really unique, unusual and exciting using cuttlefish "shell". Use templates or carve a shape into a simple mould, melt and pour your silver to create wonderfully textured jewellery. This course is great as a stand-alone experience, or for those wanting to grow their workshop skills. Earrings, pendants and even rings can be made in this process! We will be learning to create two-part moulds with cuttlefish from start to finish, carving shapes and casting metal on the same day. The chalky cuttlefish will be used as a unique mould for creating original silver jewellery. We actually use the swim bladder of the cuttlefish for this process. Every year after mating, dead cuttlefish wash up in thousands on beaches throughout the Pacific, so don’t worry - no cuttlefish were harmed for this process! Please note that your metal costs include 9 grams of sterling silver. Materials used over this are extra and as you get to do several castings, you can quickly get an idea of what you will use. If you don’t want to keep all your castings at the end of the course simply return the silver to us, we will weigh what you take away and you’ll only have to pay for that. This is also a great class for you to use up your sterling silver scrap from your other projects. All the sand, cuttlefish and other essentials are provided as part of your course costs. Have fun! This is a full day course, tea and coffee provided but please bring your own lunch. As this is a home studio, the artist's small dogs and large cat will likely come to visit, and you are welcome to enjoy the quiet garden weather permitting.  

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Below are the Terms & Conditions for our classes. For information on access and parking info for both studios, please visit the FAQ page on our main site. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR WORKSPACE CLASSES: We require all class fees to be paid in full before the start date of the class and any extra materials taken to be paid for at the last class. Masks are no longer required in our workshops, but if students would like to wear one they are most welcome. If students are unwell or required to self isolate we will do our best to find another time for them to take the class. We will not offer refunds.  Workspace will not offer make up classes for any reason other than Covid related illness. Please take note of this, these are unprecedented times and we are doing all we can to keep things flowing smoothly but sometimes flexibility is required.  Students must follow all health and safety guidelines and all safety instructions from the tutors at all times.  Workspace is under no obligation to change students to other classes, credit or refund for classes booked. Workspace reserves the right to cancel or postpone a class if circumstances require it, students will be refunded if this is the case.  By enrolling in our classes you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

Contact Details

  • 6 Hewson Crescent, Ōtaki Beach, New Zealand

    021 169 1521

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