Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV352
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be tutored in a range of technical skills that develop those learned at beginner’s level and undertake structured projects applying these techniques with research, design and making jewellery.
Carve, model and experiment with jewellers' wax. Learn about the lost wax casting process and how components and multiples are made, relevant to jewellery making and production. There will also be an introduction to low-fi casting methods: Delft-Clay (sand casting) and Cuttlefish bone.
You will be shown where to outsource your casting, and if possible, a visit to a casting company will be organised.
You will also design and plan a collection of jewellery as well as practice timing yourself and learn to price up your work.
What will we cover?
- Carving, modelling and experimenting with jeweller’s wax
- Low-fi casting methods such as Delft Clay Casting and Cuttlefish Casting
- Converting the weight of wax to metal and pre-calculating the cost of castings
- Fixing casting defects
- Adding fittings and findings to your castings
- Incorporating colour, gemstones and other materials in your designs
- Finishing methods and surface textures for cast jewellery pieces
A project brief will be set, asking you to develop a series of pieces using the lost-wax casting process. The project will use techniques learnt but allow you to develop your own ideas in response to personal research.
Design work / Professional Practice
- Designing through research, experimentation, drawing and/or model making
- Planning out a timeline to produce a collection
- Timing yourself, hallmarking and pricing your work
- Extended activity: exhibiting and/or selling your work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Design and develop ideas suitable for lost wax casting
- Produce (or make a good start on) a collection of jewellery using lost wax casting, delft clay and/or cuttlefish casting
- Describe the lost wax casting process and the process of mould-making and reproduction
- Finish cast jewellery to a professional standard
- Estimate the cost of your castings
- Price your finished pieces for sale.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ideal for students continuing from the term 2 intermediate jewellery course, or those who have mastered jewellery techniques such as piercing, soldering, texturing and forming metal and want to build on their skills whilst developing their ideas.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand outs. You
must be able to follow and observe the health and safety information given and work safely in the
workshop. You will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and
be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through short demonstrations, instructions and followed by technical tasks. Short group
discussions (show and tell) at the end of each class are part of the course. Although not essential, you are encouraged to continue working between sessions to get the most out of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A sketchbook and/or notebook
Casting is outsourced and the cost will depend on the quantity, size, metal type and weight of your wax pieces. You will learn how to estimate the cost in advance, so there will be no surprises.
If you plan to buy anything before your course, remember to ask for a student discount.
In preparation for your course, you could collect topics that you would like to use as inspiration. You could bring:
Ideas for a theme, books or other printed materials about your favourite art/design/music/literature/dance, physical objects that you’ve collected and so on.
You could visit jewellery shops / market stalls / galleries and museum collections in advance or during the course.
Try to identify jewellery that was made using casting and why the maker chose to use this technique. Take pictures or draw pieces that your like/dislike and identify why, so that you can use this information to create your own collection.
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.
Browse our current offer for complimentary courses.
Trained at the Royal College of Art, Dutch born designer Louise Seijen ten Hoorn lives and works in London where she creates one-off pieces, small production ranges and commissions from her studio in Pimlico. Louise works predominantly in metal, as well as materials such as plastic and rubber, to create jewellery, objects and small sculptures. To find out more about Louise’s work visit www.louiseseijentenhoorn.com
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.