Sand casting is an ancient, low tech way of casting metal. Adding gems that are able to take the heat such as sapphires is a super fun way to add stones to your jewellery.
Students use jewellers wax to make a simple hard model, or found objects such as buttons or simple small forms. Create your simple 2-part mould, add in your gemstones and melt and pour sterling silver, copper or shibuichi (a mix of silver and copper) to cast into the sand.
The model you have made or found enables you to make multiple pours possible, until you either get the result you are after or to create multiple pieces.
This is a fun but experimental process, often the pours don’t work and sometimes our stones are lost, students must not expect perfection from this organic process.
Course cost ($175) excludes metal, students can expect to use $60 - $80 worth of silver or $20 - $30 of copper, but does include 6 gems. Extra materials are available to purchase in class.
Simple projects like cast rings, pendants, cufflinks or earrings are very achievable.