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Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course
4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon – 5:30/6pm, May 30th start-up or Fall course starts September 26– 5 Student max., 3 student min. $585 includes all materials. This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces. Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces; to grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting and Pate de Verre. All materials included. No experience necessary!
4 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, June 22nd and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below)
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
evening #1:First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3:working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling, Brass or Gold.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)
evening #5:NEW: Glass Casting- basic/simple mould making and casting a glass object to use in your jewelry!
evening #6: bezel settings and tab setting for cabochon stones and your glass work. Clean-up glass & metal castings
evening #7:Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
evening #8: finish up projects
No experience necessary!
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied. A list of local suppliers is included. Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s check out some past student work!
Tuesday evenings starting July 14th
6:30-10pm – 9 weeks, 1 evening per week
$430pp 3 student minimum, 6 student max. Deposit of half down required to hold space & secure materials* or pay in Full up front.
This series of workshops covers various methods of adding image and color to metal.
Etching(& deep etching): apply images to copper & Sterling silver
Using pens & computer printed imagery participants etch metals with ferric solutions and salts to nitric baths. Create contrast with Liver of Sulphur.
Deep etch copper and inlay with silver. Participants will deep etch copper pieces and fill the impressions with silver, through sanding/filing create a uniform surface.
Casting: Learn how to cast your own designs using the Lost Wax Casting process with centrifugal casting equipment. Participants set up their own moulds and are lead through the entire process. Cast stones in place!
Anodizing: working with Titanium and/or Niobium participants learn how to apply color to metal using electricity. Anodized work can be stitched, riveted or linked to copper/sterling silver.
Cold connections: Learn various methods of setting stones without a soldering torch.
Fold forming: Learn how to fold form copper. Working with Charles Lewton-Brain’s techniques and research participants will learn via hands-on hammering (!!) various fold-forming methods.
No experience necessary!
ALL materials included: Copper & Sterling for etching, etching/plating solutions, wax for sculpting items to be electro-formed, Titanium kit for anodizing, etching resists.
Students supply organic materials for casting: acorns, pods, leafs, glass beads, etc. (please see FAQs)
METAL + GLASS CAMP
10am to 2pm Monday thru Friday – July 27th to August 7th
$475 includes all materials, selection of stones and fossils for setting, wax, saw blades, glass, and more!
6 student max, 3 student minimum to run. Ages 13 on up are welcome! Deposit of half down required to hold space. remaining amount due the 1st day of camp.
This ‘camp’ covers many aspects of metal-smithing and working with cast glass objects. Participants receive copper for FOLD forming, sawing/fabrication, enamel on copper, riveting (Sterling silver will be available for purchase towards more elaborate projects, though not mandatory) Cuttlefish bone ring band casting, lost wax casting of glass, learn how to cold connect and simple prong/tab settings for your glass castings or pick from our fossil collection and turn that into a pendant! Participants leave with a new set of skills, and 5 to 6 pieces created by hand. No experience necessary!
July/August Metal + Glass Camp