Introduction to stone setting: casting with stones

Course Dates: 20/06/20 - 11/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Aurelie Dellasanta

Ever wondered how stones are cast into metal or found your wax carved settings have changed in the lost-wax casting process? This course will introduce you to the principles of wax-carved settings for lost-wax casting and how stones can be cast directly into metal using cuttlefish and delft-clay sand casting.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is designed to introduce you to how to bring together casting and stone-setting, both how to prepare settings and mounts when using wax carving and how and when it is appropriate to cast stones directly into metal using moulds made with cuttlefish bones and delft-clay also known as sand-casting.

What will we cover?

- Selecting appropriate stones for casting directly into metal.
- Recognise what ‘heat-shock’ is.
- Identify the considerations for wax carving stone-settings and mounts including shrinkage and wall-thickness.
- Cuttlefish Casting
- Delft-clay casting.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Selecting appropriate stones for casting directly into metal.
- Recognise what ‘heat-shock’ is.
- Identify the considerations for wax carving stone-settings and mounts including shrinkage and wall-thickness.
- Cuttlefish Casting
- Delft-clay casting.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for those with a knowledge of basic metal-jewellery making techniques, including rub=over/bezel stone-setting. It is advantageous to have experience of wax-carving, although not essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

City Lit provides most of the basic tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making.
We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals (copper and brass), chemicals and sundries.

We will provide saw blades, sandpaper, burrs and various cubic zirconia gemstones for you to practice with.

If you wish to work in silver you will be advised how to calculate how much you need and where to buy it from.

Particularly on this course you must wear appropriate covered footwear and clothing in rm 308, as you will be working with molten metal.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:

VV616 Precious metal clay: setting stones
VV864 Develop your jewellery design and making
VV865 Jewellery: design lab.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

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Book your place

Course Code: VV362

Sat, day, 20 Jun - 11 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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