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.
Have we got you interested in gravity casting yet? Come check out this class and all classes on the summer schedule at Danaca Design by clicking right HERE!
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.
Interested in registering? Call to register by phone: 206-524-0916 or stop by our location to register in person: 5619 University Way NE, Seattle 98105
For more information on this and all of our classes go to www.danacadesign.com
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.
To find out more about this and all of our current classes please go to www.danacadesign.com
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
Don’t forget to check out our complete fall schedule at www.danacadesign.com
Summer is just about here (Well with the sunny weather last couple days it seems to be here!) and so are our new classes. The new summer schedule is up on the Danaca Design website but here is a first look at the classes exclusive to summer.
We have a new class, new guest artist, some classes that only come around once a year, and a returning instructor that we haven’t had in a while. If you would like to sign up for a class either come to our location at 5619 University Way NE or call us at (206)524-0916. We are open from 11-6pm Mon-Fri and 10-6pm on Sat.
New Class! – Stacking Rings with Gemstones
Instructor: Dana Cassara
August 16, Sunday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $165, basic materials included
Stacking rings are all the rage. They are fun to mix and match and super easy to make! This class will focus on creating your own delicate stacking rings with sparkling gemstones. Students will learn to size and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones! Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required.
Returning Class – Etching Metal
Instructor: Jessie Wylie is teaching the Etching Metal class this summer and we are glad to have her back!
August 8, Saturday, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Class Fee: $125, Materials Included
See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through the acid etching process! This technique is excellent for creating exclusive textures on copper and brass sheet which can be cut and incorporated into jewelry, enameled or used as rolling mill templates to emboss precious metals and even paper. Patterns can be hand drawn directly on the sheet metal or photo transferred. Physical properties of different acids and metals, resist techniques and studio safety will be explored. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects! Follow up this workshop with Enameling Basics II, our beginning transparent enamels class. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well.
Guest Artist – Casey Sheppard
Instructor: Casey Sheppard
July 25 & 26, Saturday – Sunday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $265, Materials Included
Cold connection is a fun way to play with metal and design jewelry. At first glance it may seem limiting however restricting your process can cause you to think about your design in a functional way generating unlimited outcomes. In this cold connection class students learn how to create a hinged bracelet with a clasp out of sheet metal, all without picking up a torch. You’ll learn the basics of sawing, piercing, drilling, forming metal and how to layer, add detail and a unique design to your creation. Other techniques learned will include tube rivets, metal/wire forming and finishing details with oxidization. With a unique approach to jewelry design, Casey will offer beginners to advanced level students something useful and insightful to walk away with. No jewelry experience is necessary but can be useful. Please Casey after the class for a personal tour of her traveling metalsmithing studio.
Don’t Miss! These classes only happen in the summer
Low Tech Gravity Casting
Instructor: Juan Reyes
July 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $285 Basic materials included
Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds made from organic materials, sand and soft stone. This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! This workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa (light-weight sandstone), creating a quick mold in cuttlefish bone, a material easily found at any pet store producing a lovely texture, and sandcasting, an ancient way to reproduce an object. Students will also explore casting into other organic materials for surprising effects! Rudimentary alloying, pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety will all be discussed. Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some. No experience necessary.
Total Immersion Beginning Jewelry Making
Instructor: Dana Cassara
July 13-17, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $595, Basic materials included
What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Absolutely nothing! Spend an exciting five straight days doing just that. Together we will tackle the fundamentals of learning to work with precious metal: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. In this beginning silversmithing class, using copper, brass and sterling silver, students will make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, pendent, ring and a simple linked project. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of techniques, in a condensed time, while creating several projects. No experience necessary.
Jewelry Summer Camp Ages 8-12
Instructor: Tegan Wallace
July 20 – 24, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 2:00
Class Fee: $285 Materials included
Looking for a great activity for your 3rd – 6th grader this summer? Check out the Danaca Design jewelry camp! This week-long camp teaches cool jewelry-making techniques such as bead making and stringing, wire working, texturing, stamping, and riveting metal! In addition, we will explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory while learning to use a variety of basic hand tools. Using polymer clay, Shrinky Dinks, seed beads, and copper and brass wire and sheet metal, we will create a variety of jewelry pieces students can wear proudly. After all, nothing is quite as fun as saying, “I made this!” Rings and bracelets and brooches, oh my! Come have fun with us for a week in July! No experience necessary.
Anticlastic Forming in Metal
Instructor: Bill Dawson
July 31 – August 2, Friday – Sunday, Three days, 10:30-5:00
Class Fee: $350, Basic Materials Included
Tool kits available to purchase In this three-day workshop you will learn the basics of anticlastic raising, a process which lends itself to creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms. A new focus on this ancient technique has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalwork. In anticlastic forming a flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other, like a horse saddle. We will focus on “open” or “mono-shell” forms made from a single piece of thin sheet metal, working to create striking dimensional shapes. Decking these forms will be shown in class to demonstrate how doing so can expand the range of forms available expanding your design options. Though open anticlastic forms date to the Early Iron Age, it is only recently that they have been explored in detail. You do not need a great deal of metalworking experience to take this class, but some facility with the hammer is helpful.
This January we are introducing a new hollowware series at Danaca Design with artist and instructor Bill Dawson, The Hollowware Fundamental Series. Kicking off the series is Hollowware Fundamentals: An Introduction.
The series will include classes on a wide range of hollowware processes including angle raising, crimp raising, hollow fabrication, and mixed media with hollowware. After taking the introduction workshop (or another equivalent class) students may take the remaining Hollowware Fundamentals Series classes in any order. I’m really looking forward to seeing what our students make in the fabrication and mixed media classes!
Hollowware Fundamentals: Introduction
Instructor: Bill Dawson
January 24 and 25, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $245|$25 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor
The Hollowware Fundamentals Series covers the diverse techniques and traditions used to create practical and artful hollow objects like cups, bowls, and other vessels. After completing the Introduction students may take any of the workshops in the series offered throughout the year, including Crimp Raising, Angle Raising and Fabrication. Students who complete the series will have the breadth of skill to choose the techniques best suited for any project and execute them with skill and flair. Kicking off the series is the Hollowware Fundaments Introduction. This workshop will cover the basic techniques common to all hollowware including layout, proper annealing, boughing, plannishing, and simple finish work. We will not cover patinas, or edge finishing techniques in depth. Forming techniques in this workshop will include sinking and hammer stretching, allowing students the opportunity to complete at least one simple copper vessel. No experience necessary.
Look for these other Hollowware Fundamentals Series classes later in the year:
Hollowware Fundamentals: Angle Raising
Hollowware Fundamentals: Crimp Raising
Hollowware Fundamentals: Fabrication
Hollowware Fundamentals: Mixed Media
Find the complete class details on our website: http://www.danacadesign.com/
To register give us a call at 206-524-0916. We’re here Tues-Fri 11-6, and Sat 10-6
Bill Dawson came to art metals by way of blacksmithing at the University of Oregon. Since then he has been making a living with metalsmithing, both teaching and creating custom pieces for all manner of patrons. A close examination of metalwork of ancient cultures of Ireland has given Bill a deeper understanding of the character of the metal itself, as well as the aesthetics of the past. You can see Bill’s work at www.billdawsonmetalsmith.com.
I just love the hammer sound in this video on angle raising. It’s kind of musical.
The video runs through raising a basic copper vessel, it’s about 7 minutes long.