Casting

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Casting I - Joe & Diane De Pietro
Joe teaches both centrifugal and vacuum casting methods. He will have pre-made waxes to purchase and waxes to make your own pieces to cast. Wax models will be made from pre-made molds, although flat mold making will be covered as well. Cast pieces will be finished and polished during class. Lab fee covers a handout, waxes, beginning wax item. All investments and polishes. Fine silver and sterling will be available for purchase. If you want to use gold, you must bring it. Joe can be reached at: mysticalmelts@aol.com

Lab Fee: $105.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Casting I - Jon Iacullo
This is a class for beginning students. You will be able to make jewelry pieces from pre-made waxes, as well as, casting jewelry (pendants, rings, etc.) out of your own wax creations. We may even do some casting with organic material such as acorns, ferns and, perhaps, even spiders. Lab fee covers the cost of waxes, wax sheets and other consumable supplies such as investment. We will be casting in silver. If you have any old silver jewelry or scrap silver, bring it to be recycled. The instructor will have silver (fine and sterling) available for purchase, as well. We can also cst in gold, but due to the high cost, the instructors will not have an inventory of gold for sale. Priority placement will be given to students who have never taken this class.

Lab Fee: $60.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$300
Prerequisites: None

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Casting I - Steve Bostwick
This is a beginning casting class where the student will learn the basics of lost wax centrifugal casting using primarily .925 or .999 silver. Students will make an initial cast with a commercial wax master, then students are encouraged to generate custom wax masters particularly as settings for cabochons or other stones. Students will learn how to modify commercial waxes and fabricate their own designs out of wax components or dip and carve methods around a stone. Included in class fee: handouts, two commercial waxes, one initial cab, a selection of wax components for custom work, investment up to 10 lbs., finishing materials and polishes. No casting metal is included in the class fee. Fine silver or sterling silver casting grain may be purchased from the instructor or the student may provide their own labeled casting grain or known scrap. Additional waxes in a wide range of patterns, cabs and faceted stones will be made available for purchase by the instructor or the student may provide their personal stock. Media: silver, fine, sterling.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-?
Prerequisites: Silver I

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Lost Wax Casting - Bill Cohen
In this class we will explore centrifugal casting and vacuum casting. How to make a rubber mold will be shown. The lab fee includes Wax pattern, casting brass, and wax sheets, wax wire. If you want to cast in Sterling you are encouraged to bring your own metal or scrap. Sterling casting grain will be available for purchase. We will cast pre made patterns made from supplied molds.
Students are encouraged to design a wax pattern and cast their own design.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Basic metal skills

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