This introduction to the process of lost wax casting, starting with a wax piece and finishing with a metal piece, uses an assortment of waxes and materials.
Students learn the basic skills of creating models. General information and some history on different methods of lost wax casting are covered - from the creation of a model to the completion of the metal casting. Some hands-on time is included to make a model, then students sprue and invest their model.
Pieces are burned out in time for the second class, when metal is poured. Also covered are techniques of cleaning up and finishing metal casting .
Note that while different waxes are introduced, this is not a wax carving class.
A $35 materials fee is included in the tuition price.
We take one 30-minute break if you want to bring food/ snacks. BARN has a refrigerator on the lower level to store your lunch.
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BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
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.
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 with 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, semi-precious and precious stones. Her work can be seen on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr.