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 experience 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.