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 6 week Lost Wax class that runs as an evening class from 6-9pm,
or a weekend workshop in low tech casting techniques that happen right in the studio.
Lost Wax Casting Workshop
Wed Evenings for 6 weeks, 6 - 9pm
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.
Next class: starts 16 October, $295
Note: Course fees include waxes and courier costs for sending our castings away.
Metal, casting costs and stones are extra.
To book in please click "Enrol Now" in the box below.
Cuttlefish Casting Saturday Workshop
A fabulous introduction to the exciting art of low tech metal casting a single Saturday.
Students are shown how to cast molten silver into cuttlefish bone, an artisan technique that has been used by jewellers for thousands of years.
Beginners and more advanced students welcome.
Simple projects like cast rings, pendants, cufflinks or earrings are very achievable in one day using this technique. More advanced students may wish to create something more challenging or cast pieces to be used in our regular fabrication classes. We usually run them 10am - 4pm on a Saturday and the cost is $165 including materials. Extra silver will be available to purchase as well as chains and findings.
Next class: TBC
Please note: Course fee excludes silver costs as these can vary widely,
students can expect to use $20 - $30 worth of silver.