Mold Making for Casting with Chapin Dimond
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, 2023 from 9 am to 5 pm. Become a member to take advantage of discounted pricing for all our classes.
Additional materials fee payable to instructor in class.
For more information about the class and our cancellation policy, see below.
We will focus on 3 types of mold making: Rtv- cut, Vulcanized- Powdered, Puddy- open face (fingerprint).
You will make molds and inject wax. Then you will tree up and invest the wax to make a plaster mold that will be 'burned out' overnight.
You will pour molten metal into the hardened investment (vacuum casting). When the metal cools, the investment is broken away to reveal the cast metal items, which you will clean and work on finishing.
Chapin will bring some of his molds, so students can inject a variety of items.
All levels welcome, but basic metalsmithing skills (sawing, soldering, etc.) will be greatly helpful. Helps if comfortable using xacto-blade/ scalpel knife, files, flex shaft, jeweler’s saw, casting torch and pouring an ingot
Closed-toed shoes and a tie for long hair are required in the studio.
About the instructor:
Chapin Dimond is a professional metalsmith and jeweler. In 2003 he discovered the magic of metalsmithing. From Metropolitan State College of Denver, he earned a BFA in Art: Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. Chapin is a Colorado native inspired by fun, nature and the magic of metals. Metalsmithing is the process of telling stories through metal, releasing the inner “feeling” of what metal wants to be. “Swing that hammer, light that torch, and make that magic happen”. To see Chapin’s work, visit his website, www.cdimond.com. or follow him on instagram @cdimonddesigns
Tools and equipment students should bring:
● Items to mold- Finished pieces that you have made that you want to make molds of (No bracelets or large pieces for this intro class and no items with stones set in)
● 2 ozt (MINIMUM) sterling silver casting grain [rio 100800] or Ancient Bronze Casting Grain [rio 706051]
● Scalpel handle [like rio 701135]
● Extra -straight blades (some blades will be available in class)
● Ballpoint pen
● Files for metal
● Jewelry saw and metal blades
● Safety glasses
● Items you normally uses for clean up of your jewelry, ie Sandpaper, files , 3m wheels ect
● Dust mask recommended (for plaster)
● Cut resistant glove (optional but recommended)
● Optivisor or magnifiers (optional)
● Wire snip (optional)
● Cash or a check made out to Chapin Dimond for the materials kit
Materials Kit* $85 (payable to instructor)
● Mold making rubbers
● Tree/ sprue wax
● Other need supplies, consumables and tools for use
*Materials kit purchase is required for all our workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials required to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials.
Maximum number of students: 8. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older.
You may cancel up to 30 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to email@example.com.
Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date will not be refunded.
In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.
Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. Registration cannot be applied to another class.
If a class has multiple sessions, and you miss one, there is no make up opportunity and the instructor will not catch you up at the next class session. You may not join the next scheduled class, as there’s a maximum number of students for every class and it’s not fair to the other students.
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Snow. Colorado has frequent snowstorms in the winter and does a good job maintaining their roads in the snow. Snowy weather is a regular occurrence in our area and most people are accustomed to traveling under such conditions. Classes will be cancelled only in the case of inclement weather conditions that would make class attendance unsafe. If the National Weather Services issues a Winter Storm Warning for the time period of the class, we will cancel the class. https://www.weather.gov/bou/winterguide
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