Introduction to Casting and Moulding techniques - half -day courses
Our half - day introduction courses to casting and moulding techniques will be perfect if you want to find out about a variety of casting and sculptural processes, and get the chance to try them out for yourself.
Life casting: We will demonstrate and practice life casting a part of the body (usually a hand) using alginate, and then create a replica with plaster. We might also make a face cast if students would like to.
You will be able to take your life casts away with you.
Silicon moulding: We will create a small sculpture from polymer clay that we will take a mould from in silicon. You will learn the process of creating a 'box' for your mould, and mixing and pouring the silicon. You will be able to either take your mould away with you on the day, or return on a following Sunday to make a resin casting from the mould.
We will also make a silicon mould using the brush on method, which is more suitable for larger objects. We will then learn how to create a 'jacket' for the mould, which is needed to keep the shape of the mould during the casting process.
Two - part plaster casting/ moulding: We will sculpt a 3d shape from clay, and then make a two - part mould of the sculpture that can be used to create reproductions of the sculpture in a variety of materials. If you would like to make a casting from your mould in either plaster of latex you can return the following week (when the cast has dried out) to do that.
These short courses are a great introduction for anyone who might be embarking on a career as a prop maker, costume maker, model maker or 3d designer, or a professional who would like to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. They are also suitable for hobby enthusiasts who would like to increase their skills (games modellers, cosplay, etc). Or anyone who is curious about learning new and fun techniques!
You will take away your moulds and castings, plus a handout detailing the processes and materials that we have used.
The cost of each half- day course is £40, including all the materials used, and the resin casting session costs £8 (if you would like to attend without attending the silicon moulding class, and cast an existing mould, that can be arranged)
Eventbrite direct booking links:
Life Casting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/life-casting-intro-tickets-61988088040
Silicon Moulding: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/silicon-casting-and-moulding-tickets-61948821593
Two part plaster and clay mould: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2-part-moulding-plaster-and-clay-tickets-61983836323
Resin Casting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resin-casting-tickets-61984021878