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Casting /Silver - Bill Cohen
Bill is a native Atlantan who grew up in the jewelry business. From the age of 7, he spent his summers in his father's jewelry and hand engraving shop. Working every day after classes in his high school years, he did bench work for retail stores in the metro Atlanta area. At the age of 22, he traveled to Lausanne Switzerland to do a one-year apprenticeship in fine jewelry. Upon his return, he taught courses in jewelry making at Georgia State University in the Continuing Education Department for Richard Mafong. Afterwards, Bill ran the casting and repair department at JFF/Cohen Company. Additionally, Bill taught classes for groups and individuals. After his father retired in 2000, Bill opened Wanna Go Bead which was a bead and findings supply business which serviced two locations. Bill's career has always included the jewelry business. He currently makes and casts his own designs.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: basic metal skills

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Casting I - Diane De Pietro
Joe teaches both centrifugal and vacuum casting methods. He will have pre-made waxes to purchase and waxes to make your own pieces to cast. Wax models will be made from pre-made molds, although flat mold making will be covered as well. Cast pieces will be finished and polished during class. Lab fee covers a handout, waxes, beginning wax item. All investments and polishes. Fine silver and sterling will be available for purchase. If you want to use gold, you must bring it. Joe can be reached at: mysticalmelts@aol.com

Lab Fee: $105.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Casting I - Jon Iacullo
This is a class for beginning students. You will be able to make jewelry pieces from pre-made waxes, as well as, casting jewelry (pendants, rings, etc.) out of your own wax creations. We may even do some casting with organic material such as acorns, ferns and, perhaps, even spiders. Lab fee covers the cost of waxes, wax sheets and other consumable supplies such as investment. We will be casting in silver. If you have any old silver jewelry or scrap silver, bring it to be recycled. The instructor will have silver (fine and sterling) available for purchase, as well. We can also cst in gold, but due to the high cost, the instructors will not have an inventory of gold for sale. Priority placement will be given to students who have never taken this class.

Lab Fee: $60.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$300
Prerequisites: None

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Casting I - Steve Bostwick
This is a beginning casting class where the student will learn the basics of lost wax centrifugal casting using primarily .925 or .999 silver. Students will make an initial cast with a commercial wax master, then students are encouraged to generate custom wax masters particularly as settings for cabochons or other stones. Students will learn how to modify commercial waxes and fabricate their own designs out of wax components or dip and carve methods around a stone. Included in class fee: handouts, two commercial waxes, one initial cab, a selection of wax components for custom work, investment up to 10 lbs., finishing materials and polishes. No casting metal is included in the class fee. Fine silver or sterling silver casting grain may be purchased from the instructor or the student may provide their own labeled casting grain or known scrap. Additional waxes in a wide range of patterns, cabs and faceted stones will be made available for purchase by the instructor or the student may provide their personal stock. Media: silver, fine, sterling.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-?
Prerequisites: Silver I

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Casting II - Steve Bostwick
The class will concentrate on various methods of introducing organic materials into the cast work. It includes use of molded waxes from Organic materials, preservation and preparation of organic materials for casting, fabrication of organic material with commercial or custom waxes. The student is encouraged to bring self collected organic materials to class for consideration. A selection of organic models will be provided. The WH grounds can be a source of organic material. After casting students will finish and polish their pieces. Class fee includes, handouts, 2 commercial waxes, a selection of wax components, as well as organic materials, simple waxes for use as components, investments up to 10 pounds, finishing materials and polishes, no casting metal is included. Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and ancient bronze casting grain may be purchased from the instructor, additional waxes in a wide range of patterns, investments, cabs, and faceted stones will be available for purchase, or bring your own.

Lab Fee: $110.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100.00
Prerequisites: Silver 1 and Casting 1

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Lost Wax Casting - Bill Cohen
In this class we will explore centrifugal casting and vacuum casting. How to make a rubber mold will be shown. The lab fee includes Wax pattern, casting brass, and wax sheets, wax wire. If you want to cast in Sterling you are encouraged to bring your own metal or scrap. Sterling casting grain will be available for purchase. We will cast pre made patterns made from supplied molds.
Students are encouraged to design a wax pattern and cast their own design.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Basic metal skills

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