This is an exciting opportunity to practice casting your own work in precious metals. This is a hands-on experience that is more like an open studio as opposed to a class, as participants do every step in the casting process themselves. Students need to be well versed and comfortable with the process.
Introduction to Lost Wax Casting
If you've had lost wax centrifugal casting class in the last two years in which you poured your own metal, email us here to get instructor approval.
Payment for this independent casting includes one or two flasks equal to 500 grams of investment.
If you choose to cast more than two flasks, be sure to bring cash or a check to pay for the extra investment.
Please provide your own metal. Bronze or sterling are the most-often cast materials. If you are using scrap, please clean and remove all solder beforehand. You can cast in gold if you choose.
Prepare for Class:
Session 1: Investing. Please arrive with your pieces sprued, weighed (don't forget to record your wax weight and bring it), and attached to the sprue base. Please attend an open studio on Monday or Wednesday PRIOR to this session to complete your sprue work. We have a casting locker for you to store your sprued flask.
Session 2: Casting. Arrive with your clean, pre-weighed metal and appropriate casting attire. Teams of two will take turns casting until we finish. Everyone helps to clean up on both days.
Karin Lee Luvaas - This island artist and jeweler has an art degree in encaustics, painting, and metal sculpture. She has studied under acclaimed jewelry masters Michael Boyd, Kent Raible, Petra Class, and Sarah Graham and achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world-renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco. Karin is a GIA-certified Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate. Her work can be viewed on Instagram @karinluvaas.