This workshop will give participants the skills and inspiration to cast a piece of jewelry or a small-scale object in sterling silver. Using the ancient technique of cuttlebone casting, students will learn to make molds into which molten metal will be poured. Within minutes after casting, the molds are opened and the metal objects are ready for finishing. Students will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, hand files, abrasive paper and wheels, how to patina metal and use a rotary tumbler for polishing. The Cuttlefish is a squid-like creature whose skeleton can be found on the beach. It is soft enough to carve and has a beautiful wood grain-like pattern which yields a rich texture on the surface of the cast metal. There are several ways to prepare the molds from the cuttlebone, including direct carving, making a mold cavity by pressure (pushing something hard into the soft surface of the mold) or by creating negative space in a sheet of mat board which is placed between the two halves of the mold. This may sound complicated, but it is not. The process is simple and students should be able to create one or two pieces during the day. During the workshop, we will talk about other methods of casting, alloying metal, when to cast and when to fabricate a metal project.
Saturday, November 16 (Note Change of Date!)
10:00am – 5:00pm (with 30minute lunch break)
Materials Fee -Students can purchase silver from the instructor for approximately $18.00 per ounce. One ounce should be enough to make two castings.
School Street Studios Building, OCAF Art Center
34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677