Learn to cast pieces of jewellery in sand (delft clay). Casting is great fun and we will be casting in place rough Australian sapphires!
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In this one day workshop, you will learn how to create a clay mould, place sapphires correctly and cast in sterling silver. Then you clean up your piece, finishing them off ready to wear home. We work with sterling silver in this class; up to 30g is included in the fee, anything over 30g will be charged at cost price per gram over. You can also bring your own gold or silver jewellery to melt down and cast into a new piece of jewellery.
This casting method can be used to cast almost any hard object including shells, sticks, acorns, seeds, pottery, existing pieces of jewellery, nuts, keys and other metal objects, teeth, bone, gum nuts and so much more. You can bring along a bunch of objects you would like to cast in silver. Not all objects are appropriate to make a sand mould of so bring a few, or use one of the many objects already available in the studio.
If you would like to make a more intricate or complex piece of jewellery that you carve yourself, then you might want to consider the Psychic Deserts workshop. Please note, lost wax carved pieces are not cast in the workshop, and the classes run over two half days.
No previous experience is necessary! All tools, equipment and materials (including a sterling silver piece weighing up to 30 grams) are provided. Written instructions, snacks, tea and coffee are included in your workshop fee. This class is limited to six students.
If you'd like to buy a workshop as a gift but you're not sure what date the recipient will be able to go, you can purchase a workshop gift certificate. This gives the recipient the flexibility to book into a workshop at a time that suits them.
What to expect:
· All tools, equipment and materials will be provided.
· You will take home two UnEarthed pieces with rough sapphires
· Snacks, tea and coffee
· Written instructions so you can make your piece easier
· The satisfaction of making the piece yourself!
What to wear:
· Tie back long hair
· Glasses if you wear them
· Closed in shoes
Duration: 7 hours over one class 10am – 5pm
Workshop location: Workshops are held at the Claw Creative studio 120-122 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy Melbourne.