Monday, January 19, 2009

Possibilities in Metal


Over the last 2 Sundays I've attended the "Possibilities in Metal Casting" Workshop at The Fremantle Arts Centre
It was lots of fun, I went with my talented friends Lotta & Jane and the teacher was renowned Local Artist Sarah Elson. We enjoyed it so much we have signed up for Sarah's class for Term one to explore some more of the possibilities!
We cast all sorts of things, I tried a wax model of a lego brick, some twigs, a resin mini plane (that Jane made a mould of from a little toy plane I had lying around).

My most succesful casts were the twigs which I cast in Sterling Silver, the other things require quite a bit of clean up so I'll save them for another time. This morning I spent some time polishing up one of the silver twigs and soldering the jumprings on - I had sawn out the little sterling silver bird earlier in the week so he got soldered on too.

It's not really an original idea as I've seen lots of similar sorts of things done with cast twigs, I imagine because the obvious thing to do is to pop a bird on a branch! The beauty is of course, that no two twigs are alike. Anyway, I'm very happy to have a cute necklace to wear as a result of the course.

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10 comments:

Youvegotmaille said...

Oy, I'm so jealous! I took a metalsmithing class but we didn't do any casting. One of these days!

I love your little branch!

Odd Girl Out said...

great work Pam. I think this is going to open up a whole new world of possibilitiesd for your jewellery!

GetSilvered said...

Thanks YGMaille. There's always something new to learn with metalsmithing!

Thanks Sarah, Yes, I'm full of ideas now!

Lotta said...

Pam - that just looks delightful! Exactly as you hoped for - look forward to tool hunting now....

Annie said...

that is really sweet, Pam. It's always nice to finish a workshop piece, though mine often end up in the 'to finish off' pile...

GetSilvered said...

Thanks Lotta,
One of the best bits about the course was the company too!

Annie, Thanks, I've still got a few castings in the "finish off" pile too. Hopefully I'll get to them soon

Miss Dot said...

oh brilliant Pam! you should be really really happy with that. Did you end up tumbling it?

GetSilvered said...

Thanks Jane, I did tumble it but that's not what worked the best. I ended up using my dremel with the 3m radial discs.

melaniemercury@bigpond.com said...

Hey Pam,
I am Melanie and have just begun pursuing my own interest in silver jewellery making also...doing a 5 week saturday course at TAFE but they dont do casting (which is what i really want to learn). Can you tell me anything about the casting course at Freo Arts ctre?

GetSilvered said...

Hi Melainie,
I emailed you!