Learn to cast with molten metal without all the expensive equipment! In this workshop, you'll learn to cast three-dimensional metal pieces use simple and versatile molding methods and organic materials. Watercasting will help us create instant serendipitous organic forms. Delft clay offers a swift mold which is inexpensive, and the sand can be reused. Cuttlebone, the backbone of the cuttlefish, is easily carved and can withstand high temperatures.
These methods are a fun and easy way for the beginning jeweler to learn the art of casting. The final products can be made into charms, pendants, rings, or soldered to other components to create larger pieces.
Students will learn how to correctly and safely heat metal, the basics of reductive carving in cuttlebone, and how to reproduce simple forms into metal. Students will experiment with all three forms of casting. Introduction to soldering and basic jewelry techniques will be addressed for the completion of projects.
We will be using a bronze alloy which melts at 1650 F, included in a $45 materials fee, payable to the instructor. Sterling casting grain will also be available for an additional fee; pricing will depend on the weight of the finished piece.
Karen Christians is the Founder of Cleverwerx, an e-commerce website for metalsmiths, and designs quality jewelry tools to honor her trade. She also founded the non-profit jewelry school Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, in 1998. Karen is the author of the book “Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft”, published by the MJSA Press. Karen writes articles in major trade magazines, lectures, teaches workshops and fabricates jewelry and sculpture. She holds a BFA with High Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is a regular participant at Burning Man where she teaches resin inlay. Currently she is a member of Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. Karen is a passionate teacher, photographer, writer, cook and traveler.
This is a two-day workshop which includes two distinct class sessions: Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 11AM - 6PM.
Sessions are sequential and cannot be purchased separately.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.