Lost Wax (Investment) Casting is the art of casting a metal piece from a wax model, which is destroyed in the process. This technique can be used to produce jewelry, small sculpture, and parts for fabrication.
This three-session class is designed to introduce students to the art of investment casting using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum casting shop.
Students will learn the process of investment casting by taking an instructor-supplied model made of 3D printed PLA or wax and casting it in brass or bronze. The class will start with model preparation, attaching sprues, investing the model and removing the model to create a mold. In the next class students will pour the metal into their mold, deinvest and retrieve the metal piece. The process is repeated in a second cast. A brief overview of moldmaking equipment is included, plus a short tutorial on finishing techniques for cast pieces.
The goal of this class will be to introduce students to the investment casting process and train students to safely use the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop with a partner. Separate tool testing is required for sign-off to independently use the shop.
All materials for the class are provided. Students should wear boots or closed-toed shoes as well as a heavy-duty long sleeved shirt, such as flannel or a heavy work shirt and long pants. Information for students interested acquiring any equipment of their own will be covered in class.
This class begins on April 18 @ 6PM and meets 3 Thursdays.