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Sandcasting Day

Low-tech, hands-on experience

  • Starts Sep 8
  • From 225 New Zealand dollars
  • Christchurch, Ōtautahi

Available spots

Service Description

Join us for this wonderful intro to sand casting - it is a great opportunity to make some gorgeous lasting jewellery gifts for yourself or your loved ones! The class runs from 10am - 4pm and there will be a lunch break. Students are shown the ancient technique of sand casting, using a wax to make a simple hard model or found objects such as buttons or simple small forms - create your simple 2-part mould and melt and pour sterling silver or shibuichi (a mix of silver and copper) to cast into the sand. The model you have made or found enables you to make multiple pours possible to create multiple pieces. Best suited to smaller scale items, both to keep the budget down and the amount of weight in a piece this technique can be used to create rings, pendants or small earrings. This is a fun process for those who just want to try their hand at it, or a very useful low-tech process for those who are making jewellery into a career or creative activity. Each student will be given opportunity to cast one or two items, and then time will be included in the day to finish up the pieces so you can wear them away. This class uses a combination of tutor supervision and also a peer-buddy system so that students are also given opportunity to watch and learn from each other's casts and pours. The class has a practical health and safety aspect to it as students are introduced to working with an oxy-lpg torch and molten metal. Course cost includes 9g silver but students can expect to use an additional $50 - $70 worth of silver or shibuichi.

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

  • 49 Ferry Road, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, New Zealand

    021 042 1853

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