About the artist
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 cast-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 one of my beginner workshops, then this is the class for you!
Workshop bits and pieces
During this one-day workshop, I will be teaching how to cast-in-place faceted gemstones! I will demonstrate using three different setting styles; flush, bead and bezel. This workshop is specifically designed for creators who loved the beginners class and want to build on their knowledge and skills in sand casting. There will be three demonstrations, showing different setting styles to cast-in-place stones. Following the demonstrations, you will be given three projects. Each project will be your own design concept, exploring and applying the setting styles taught in the workshop. The workshop allows for ample time to complete your projects, however, if you wish to continue creating new pieces, you can continue casting in class and clean up in your own time.
The materials covered in the workshop include 30g of sterling silver and a variety of synthetic faceted stones, with the option of buying natural 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 make up to 3 take-home pieces of jewellery. If you need more than 30g of silver, there will be an option to purchase more on the day (cash, bank transfer and card options will be accepted).
What to bring
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: Sunday 2nd of October 2022
Duration: 7 hours over one class 10am – 5pm
Location: Workspace, Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 65 Abel Smith St, Wellington, New Zealand
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