Jewellery Masterclass: Casting

Learn the basic techniques of casting in metal.

Who is this course for

Learn the basic technique of casting in metal.

This course if for those with some experience in jewellery making or metalwork, who have a basic knowledge of jewellery making e.g. jewellery taster course, one term of a jewellery course etc.

Students should have experience of sawing with a piercing-saw and knowledge about soldering and handling gas torches.

What does this course cover

This course will give you an introduction into casting metal for jewellery making and small objects.
We will cover cuttlefish casting and sand-casting.
You will learn how to duplicate an existing object or a piece of jewellery.

Students should have an understanding of the casting processes and how to make moulds for metal casting in cuttlefish and in sand.

Make at least two metal items by casting.

Learn about health and safety when working with liquid metal and gas burners.

What will it be like

One to one dialogue, group discussion, tutor example, explanation and demonstration. Handouts will also be available, and a selection of books and jewellery magazines.
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussions between the tutor and the student. Group discussions will take place during and at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students can use silver, gold or pewter.
A certain amount of pewter will be supplied for each student.
The approximate cost for one silver piece is £20.00

It is also necessary for the students to bring several (3-5) objects to the class, which will be duplicated or copied.
These can be either existing pieces of jewellery, little figures or objects in plastic, wood or metal.
Fragile items made from glass or natural soft objects are not suitable.
These pieces should not be larger than a £2 coin.

Some suppliers for silver and other materials:

- Cookson Exchange Findings, 49 Hatton Garden, London EC1N, 020 7400 6500,

- Bellore, 39 Greville street London EC1N 8PJ, 020 704 3220,

- a website for affordable art and craft materials

- Kernowcraft, Bolingey, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0DH, 01872 573888 (Mail order service)

Continually look at all kinds of jewellery, 3D art and design objects and drawing and recording your ideas ie. keeping a sketchbook or scrapbook.

Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class

What this course could lead to

Continue to make more of your own jewellery, join other art and craft courses at the Mary Ward centre and elsewhere. Foundation or Pre-foundation in art and design.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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