Casting

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Casting I - Diane De Pietro
Diane teaches both centrifugal and vacuum casting methods. She will have premade waxes to purchase and waxes to make your own original 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 and 2 wax molds, all investments and polishes. Fine silver and Sterling will be available for purchase. If you want gold, you must bring your own. Dianne can be reached at diannedepietro@aol.com

Lab Fee: $105.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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. We welcome repeat and experienced casters. 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 the 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, and bronze.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Silver I

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Casting I - 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: $180.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Basic metal skills Silver I & Silver II

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Casting II - Steve Bostwick
This is an intermediate casting class that requires a prerequisite of either a WH Casting 1 class or similar casting experience that results in the student’s skills being well established in basic wax working, spruing models, and investing. The class will concentrate on various methods of introducing organic materials into the cast work. This will include use of molded waxes made from organic materials, preservation and preparation of organic materials for casting, fabrication of organic material with commercial or custom waxes, and casting from an entirely organic model. The student is encouraged to bring self-collected organic materials to the class for consideration as a cast piece. A selection of organic models will be provided. The WH grounds can be a source of organic casting model components with consideration for the preservation of the ground’s natural flora. After casting, students will finish and polish their pieces. Included in class fee: Information, two commercial waxes, a selection of wax components for custom work, selection of organic materials or simple waxes for use as components, investment up to 10 lbs., finishing materials and polishes. No casting metal is included in the class fee. Fine silver, sterling silver, and Ancient Bronze casting grain may be purchased from the instructor or the student may provide their own labeled casting grain or known scrap. Additional materials will be made available for purchase by the instructor or the student may bring their own.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Silver I, Casting I

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