In this distinctive two day Cuttlebone workshop, students will focus on casting a one of a kind cuttlebone ring embellished with a tube set faceted stone.
In Cuttlebone Casting, students learned the basics of casting in cuttlebone. In this workshop you will learn to manipulate your designs to achieve a substantial sterling silver ring, which includes how to precisely control the gauge of your cast piece and form the flat casting into a ring. Cast metal can be brittle and requires additional specific steps to prevent cracking during the forming process.
Design is a very important part of this casting process, as the casting can be somewhat erratic. Judy will teach specific techniques to design your ring and how to sketch your ring design to scale and help to get it as your mind is seeing it. Judy will also be teaching an efficient way to design that minimizes the need to add borders normally accomplished by soldering on wires.
Day One Techniques:
*Design a basic desired shape on paper, no detail at this point.
*Cut an 18 gauge prototype in order to control your design when carving the cuttlebone itself.
*Carving your design into the cuttlebone using precise methods to control the thickness of the piece, and adding design elements that will minimize soldering on additional pieces to the cast ring. (You will be casting more than one piece, because results can be unpredictable.)
*Finalizing the design on paper after casting. The method taught in this class will not require sketching talent, but will achieve VERY DETAILED results!!
Day Two Techniques:
*Shaping the final casting into a ring without cracking the metal while forming.
*Cutting, filing and fitting parts to the final design.
*Soldering the tube set into the design.
*Soldering elements for strength and design.
*Clean up and polishing.
Judy Brown has perfected many cuttlebone methods to make this style of jewelry design FUN and EXCITING. Come and let her share all her wealth of information on this fascinating and unique method of jewelry design.