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.
- Intermediate-level skills required.
Introduction to Lost Wax Casting. This class is offered Feb. 25-26. If you've 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, bring cash or a check to pay for the extra investment used.
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.
Jody Lyle - A goldsmith with more than 25 years' experience designing and making jewelry, Jody graduated from the University of North Texas where she studied with Harlan Butt. She has continued her education through classes with masters, apprenticeships, trade school training, skill-building classes, and lots of bench time. She believes in learning by doing, listening to others’ experiences, and looking at how things are made around you. Her main focus right now is wax carving, fabrication, chasing, and repoussé. She works mostly with silver, gold, steel, rock, and semi-precious and precious stones to create fun and beautiful pieces to be worn and enjoyed. Her work can be seen on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr.