Come play with fire this summer! Spend three Wed evenings, July 12,19, & 26, 6:30-9:30 learning everything you need to start doing this fun and fast form of casting.This class is only offered once a year and features, among other things, sand casting, cuttlebone, and tufa stone casting. Gravity Casting is a great way to learn metal casting with out a huge set up like lost wax casting and is a great class to use up any scrap silver you might have laying around.
Gravity Casting is a permanent casting method where metal is heated until it is molten and then poured into a mold. The molds can be made of many materials such as metal, sand, tufa stone, and cuttle bone. In jewelry making the most frequent mold materials are sand casting, tufa stone, and cuttle bone.
Learning to cast isn’t just about making jewelry components. By knowing how to cast you can alloy your own metals; for instance creating sterling silver out of fine silver casting grains or pouring ingots. An ingot is a block of metal typically oblong in shape. Ingots can be rolled out in a rolling mill (creating sheet or wire) or can be forged. Pouring ingots is a great way to use up small bits of metal scrap and shavings getting the most out of your precious metals.
This metal casting technique takes advantage of the properties of a finely porous bone-like internal organ that is shared by all members of the cuttlefish family. Using cuttlefish bone to carve out molds in order to cast is one of the oldest casting methods on record. It creates a very distinct texture that is unique to carving the cuttlefish bone. Cuttlefish bone will wash up on beaches from naturally-deceased animals all over the world. It’s ease in carving and accessibility is probably what led to it being used as a mold material since ancient times.
Tufa Stone Casting
The Spanish coming to New Mexico and Arizona is what brought the tradition of silversmithing to the American South West. They taught the Navajo and Pueblo people how to cast molten silver to create jewelry and other items. The mold material that they used was tufa stone. Tufa stone is a soft and porous volcanic stone that can be found in many parts of the world including the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Tufa stone can be easily carved and withstand high heat making it an excellent mold making material.
Sand casting is a metal casting process where sand is used as the mold material. Jewelers and industry uses the sand casting process and it is the most commonly used method in industrial casting. The basic process is that a pattern is made in the sand and then molten metal is pored into this recess. Once cooled the casting resembles the pattern made in the sand.
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Repoussé – /rəˌpo͞oˈsā/: A metalworking technique where metal is shaped or ornamented by hammering onto the reverse side creating a low relief.
Chasing – /CHās,ing/: Opposite to repoussé, chasing hammers on the front of the pieced and is used in conjunction to create a finished piece.
Metalsmiths have been using chasing and repoussé to adorn metal since antiquity. The Greeks in 3rd century BC used it to create elaborate scenes on armor and shields and 2nd century Hellenic earrings.
The technique is still widely used today both on functional items such as water vessels in India, sculpture, and jewelry worldwide.
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Lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but is also used to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces as well. Wednesday nights, Oct 14 – Nov 18, 6:30pm-9:30pm our Wax Working for Jewelers will get you started creating your own waxes in no time.Whether you are a new or returning student you will learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this six week workshop. This is a reoccurring class so if you missed it this time check back for future classes!
One of the most important parts of casting is starting will a well designed and carved wax model. Without proper planning the metal may not be able to flow correctly during the casting process resulting in a partial casting. And knowing how to design a wax with an eye toward the finished design not only helps with the look of the piece but can save you a lot of time in clean up after the casting is done!
The final waxes will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. This is a multiple week class and so students are able and encouraged to come into the studio during Practice Hours to work on class projects.
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Danaca Design is open Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm. If you are in the Seattle area stop by to see our jewelry gallery and mercantile at:
5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
What do you think of when you hear polymer clay? Well if you are Cynthia Toops you think it is a wonderful material with unlimited potential in jewelry making. September 26 & 27 Cynthia will be teaching Extraordinary Effects with Polymer Striped Canes at Danaca Design. Cynthia’s own work takes polymer clay to the next level making the mundane magical.
But what are polymer striped canes?
Polymer canes are when long strips of polymer clay are layered, usually to create a design, and then cut apart. They are based off of the millefiori glasswork technique that is used to apply decoration to glass objects. Canes patterns can very simple to very complex and how the canes are laid out together adds to the beauty and complexity.
These canes can then be used to cover beads and cabochons to create unique decorative elements for your jewelry. Techniques like combing, carving and mokume gane will be covered expanding and enlivening your repertoire.
Finally students will explore “thin sheet work” to make simple pins, bracelets and other alternative polymer clay forms.
This class is open to all levels, from the beginner curious about the many possibilities of polymer clay to the advanced student interested in focusing on a particular aspect of the medium.
To register for class call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by Mon-Fri 11am-6pm or Sat 10am-6pm at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA, 98105
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