Sunday 8th of August
Welcome! My name is Kirra-lea and I am a trade-qualified jeweller who has been manufacturing for over 10 years. My passion lies in contemporary jewellery, particularly using and manipulating nature and raw materials to create bespoke jewellery. I have been using the sand casting technique for over 6 years, and for the past 4 I have been using the casting-in-place method. This process involves placing stones inside a mould, then pouring molten metal into the mould, allowing it to form around and securely encapsulate the stone, setting it in place.
If you attended my beginners and intermediate workshops, then this is the class for you!!
During this one-day workshop, I will be teaching more advanced techniques, such as resizing and adding findings in the clay, casting multiple objects simultaneously, casting large objects using the multiple sprue technique, and casting a flat back piece. You will be learning all of these techniques while focusing on casting-in-place faceted stones.
This workshop is specifically designed for more advanced creators who are interested in growing and refining their knowledge and skill in sand casting. There will be four demonstrations, each showing the different setting styles for cast-in-place stones, as well as multiple advanced techniques for mould making. Following the demonstrations, you will be given four projects. Each project will be your own design concept, exploring and applying the setting styles and mould making techniques taught in the workshop.
There will be limited time to complete all of your pieces during the workshop. It is likely that you will need access to a studio to finish off your creations.
The materials supplied in the workshop include 30g of sterling silver and a variety of synthetic stones, with the option of buying faceted sapphires. Sand casting faceted stones can be difficult, so it is recommended to start with synthetic stones provided in the workshop, before using authentic gemstones. There will be an extensive array of solid objects to mould and cast, but you are welcome to bring your own to explore and use in the casting process. You can also bring your own metal and gemstones, should you wish to personalise a project with your own materials. Please note that gemstones used in the cast-in-place process should be 7.5 or higher on the Mohs hardness scale.
The materials provided will allow you to practice and make up to 4 projects, with 3 take-home pieces of jewellery. Some of the projects made in the workshop will be melted down to reuse the silver for the next project, but if you would like to keep all of your creations, there will be an option to purchase extra silver on the day (cash, bank transfer and card options will be accepted).
The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure a flexible and tailored experience. All you need to bring is yourself! Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please arrive dressed appropriately: closed in shoes, long pants and hair tied back. Please note that when working with clay, it can get a little messy!
Please get in contact via instagram @kirraleajewellery or email email@example.com if you have any questions. I look forward to creating with you!
Date: Dates to come
Duration: 7 hours over one class 10am – 5pm
Location: Claw Creative studio 120-122 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy Melboune
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