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Cuttlebone Casting – Texture from the Sea

Pretty Pink Princess Party Birthday Cake Ring by Jennifer Stenhouse

Cuttlebone casting is one of the oldest jewelry casting methods. It is quick and fairly accurate, its main limitations being the size of the item to be cast. However it is perfect for casting at a jewelry scale and produces a wonderful unique texture that is a favorite among jewelers and jewelry lovers alike. 

Look at this adorable cuttlefish. Such a cutie.

Cuttlebone comes from a squid-like mollusk known as a cuttlefish. The cuttlefish has a chalky internal shell with a hard, thin crust surrounding a soft internal shell.Because the cuttlebone’s soft interior can be easily carved and withstand high temperatures make it perfect as a mold making material. These days cuttlebone can commonly be found in pet stores for parakeets and parrots as a bill sharpener. 

Cuttlebone washed up on the beach

The cuttlebone can be found on beaches after sea storms and the technique has been used in Mediterranean  countries for centuries and was using in mass produced jewelry up until the 1950’s. These days the majority of cast jewelry is done by centrifugal casting which is faster and cheaper than cuttlebone for mass production. However it is still a favorite method among artists because of the unique texture that the cuttlebone produces on the metal and the spontaneity of the technique.

Halo Rings with cuttlebone texture by Jennifer Stenhouse

This texture is created naturally by the cuttlebone. It is reminiscent of ocean waves, shifting sands, and topographical maps. It can be uses as a small design element or the focal point of the piece. Learning to cast cuttlebone isn’t too hard and if you wanted to do it in your own studio the casting set up is much cheaper and easier than with lost wax casting. Jennifer Stenhouse will be teaching Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture with us Sunday, August 13th where she will give some tricks and tips that can extend the versatility of your cuttlebone designs. Come play with us and learn all about this wonderful technique:


Class Details: Cuttlefish Bone Casting:Beyond Texture

August 13, Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $145| Basic materials included

To register give us a call at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5919 University Way NE, Seattle 98105

Setting Up a Home Studio?

Currently I am in the middle of setting up my studio at home. I already have some basic tools and a work space to get me started but what tools do I really need to get started? What torch should I buy that is safe to have in my home? How much ventilation do I really need? It seems like for every question I answer three more pop up.

Luckily, this Sunday, Danaca Design is having a workshop that will help me answer these questions and ones I haven’t even thought to ask yet. I’ll be taking this class…come join me!aprilsig2


Home Studio

Look at all those hammers!


Setting Up a Home Studio: Tips, Safety and Q&A

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

March 15, Sunday 10:30 – 2:30

Class Fee: $65 | Materials included

Class Description:

Students frequently request advice when it comes to setting-up-shop at home. Here is your chance to ask all the important questions racing through your head. Ventilation, lighting, ergonomics, noise issues, and tool gathering will all be discussed in this quick workshop designed to help get you started and/or fine-tune a studio already in progress. Establish a safe and productive metal-working environment on a minimal budget. Build the studio you need with the resources you have!  All levels.


Find the complete class details on our website: www.danacadesign.com/

To register give us a call at 206-524-0916. We’re here Tues-Fri 11-6, and Sat 10-6

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Jennifer began her studies in photography and printmaking at the University of New Mexico. She did her graduated studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison studying with Martha Glowacki, who encouraged her in the use of mixed media as well as Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty who gave her the opportunity to develop a strong base in metals techniques and design and a better understanding of integrity to one’s craft. After college Jennifer developed the Metals and Jewelry Department at Savannah College of Art and Design. While doing so she maintained a small studio in the Savannah historic City Market. A native of Atlanta Georgia, Jennifer Stenhouse currently makes her home and studio in Seattle, Washington. She has been teaching art and jewelry classes and has lectured and exhibited throughout U.S. and Mexico for over 15 years.

“I have been making art for as long as I can remember. When I’m not making it, I’m teaching it. These are my two passions.”