Sand casting with cast in place rough sapphires for beginners.
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 inspired by raw materials and natural phenomena. I have been using the sand casting technique for over 6 years and for the past 4 I have been doing cast in place sapphires.
In my one day workshop I will guide you through the process of designing and sand-casting your very own sterling silver jewellery pieces with cast-in-place sapphires. This workshop is specifically designed to cater to both novices with no previous experience, and more advanced jewellers who are interested in adding to their skill set. You will leave the workshop inspired with a sense of accomplishment, your pieces polished and ready to wear.
I will be providing 30g of sterling silver and a variety of rough Australian sapphires. Sand casting can be used to replicate almost any hard object and turn it into precious jewellery, I offer an extensive array of objects to mould and cast, but you can bring along your own hard objects. You also have the option of bringing your own silver, and sapphires to add a more personal touch to the experience. The materials provided will allow you to make up to 3 pieces of jewellery. If you need more than 30g of silver there will be an option to purchase more on the day.
All you need to bring is yourself! Snacks, tea and coffee are also offered. There are lots of shops and cafes within walking distance. Parking is on the street with 2 hrs pay and display, but on Kensington St there is all day parking under $10. Please arrive dressed appropriately: closed in shoes, long pants, hair tied back; note that we are working with clay, so it can get a little messy. The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure a guided, attentive experience. I look forward to creating with you!
Date: Saturday the 19th of June 2021
Duration: 7 hours over one class 10am – 5pm
Location: Workspace Studios, Toi Pōneke, 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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