In this class students are introduced to basic casting methods around a unique project. Cuttlebone (the solid calcium bone of a cuttlefish) is an ancient mold-making material that leaves a signature pattern of lines on the surface of the cast object. This is a fun and accessible project-based course that is great for beginning jewelers looking to add silver casting to their skills.
This course guides students through the process of preparing and carving a mold out of their cuttlebone. Then after the mold is prepared, class continues with casting and ends when the sprues are cut from the piece and it is finished to the students’ liking.
Students are provided one cuttlebone and enough sterling silver (1.5 troy ounces) to cast a small object such as a simple band ring or pendant necklace. Tools used for carving can be knives and scrapers or flex shaft rotary tools. An acetylene torch is used to heat the silver to its melting point, then poured directly into the mold and spun inside a crucible and centrifuge. After casting, saws, files, sandpaper, and a polisher are used to finish.
A NOTE ABOUT CLASS SIZE
Classes are limited to 4 students to ensure lots of hands-on time with the tools and personal attention from the instructor. If the class is sold out but you’re still interested in this particular class, we can add your name to a waitlist and will contact you if a ticket becomes available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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