CUTTLEFISH CASTING WORKSHOP
May 20-21, 2017
This workshop will give participants the skills and inspiration to cast jewelry or a small-scale object in sterling silver. Using the ancient technique of cuttlebone casting, students will learn to make molds into which molten metal will be poured. Within minutes after casting, the molds are opened and the metal objects are ready for finishing. Students will learn how to use a jeweler's saw, hand files, abrasive paper and how to patina metal and use a rotary tumbler for polishing.
The cuttlefish is a squid-like creature whose skeleton can be found on the beach. It is soft enough to carve and has a beautiful wood grain-like pattern which yields a rich texture on the surface of the cast metal. There are several ways to prepare the molds from the cuttlebone, including direct carving, making a mold cavity by pressure (pushing something hard into the soft surface of the mold) or by creating a negative space in a sheet of mat board which is placed between the two halves of the mold. This may sound complicated, but it is not. The process is fun and students should be able to create one to two pieces during the day.
During the workshop, we will talk about other methods of casting, alloying metal, when to cast and when to fabricate a metal project.
On the second day of the workshop, students will learn how to make a three-piece cuttlefish mold, how to use “embeddable” findings to make bails and jump rings, how to cast stones in place and which stones are suitable. The instructor will have several kinds of stones for students to purchase including cubic zirconias, raw diamonds, sapphires, rubies and meteorites. We will look at and discuss various mold making materials such as milliput, sculpy, clay and wood which can be used for repeating shapes and forms. There will be a demonstration of bi-metal casting, casting onto pierced sheet metal and forming and using wire as a cast element. As a finale, we will cast silver into various materials such as broom straw, peanuts and beans to achieve some fun and interesting forms and textures.
When: Saturday - Sunday
May 20 - 21, 2017
10 am - 5 pm
Where: G3 Studio
5353 Buford Highway NE
Doraville, GA 30340
Students may bring their own clean sterling silver metal to cast, or they can purchase metal from the instructor at a cost of approximately $22.00 per ounce. (The price is based on the market price of silver at that time. The cost of silver is not included in class fee). Each casting will weigh around 1/2 ounce to one ounce. That weight is a Troy ounce, not an avoirdupois ounce or an apothecary or a gram weight. We will talk about that too.
Not a current G3 member? Join today so you can participate in this G3 Member Workshop. Membership is $35 annually.
Next, register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the G3 website at http://www.georgiagoldsmiths.org/
If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop. If the workshop is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email GGGCoordinator@gmail.com.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible. A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop. Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund. If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.
For anyone wanting to stay in a hotel near the 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA location, we have a special rate at the Clarion Hotel, 2001 Clearview Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30340. Call 770-455-3700 and mention Georgia Goldsmiths Guild when making your reservation and ask for the "Local Rate".