This class will introduce students to sand casting, in a miniature bench top setting! Sand casting is usually considered an industrial technique of metal casting, but it can actually be quite accessible and fun for artists. Although it is not as refined as lost wax (investment) casting, sand casting has the major advantage of being fast and cheap with all materials being recycled and no waiting time for making the molds. Each student will make small castings out of aluminum and bronze. We will cover some basics of pattern making and what makes a good pattern, and we will experiment with carving molds directly in the sand. At the end of the class, students will have the understanding and a list of where to get materials and tools to set up their own small (or not so small) sand foundry.
I am a free lance artist, builder, tinkerer, maker living near Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.
I am a 2 time college dropout with 45 years experience making things and experimenting on the fringe of art and technology. In 1984, I taught myself 6502 assembly code, and I have been dabbling in programming ever since. I live to learn things and intend to do so until I die. I have built lots of circuits and machines and things to go in people’s houses both utilitarian and fanciful. I have been exploring organic forms in 3D modeling software and the 3D printing pathway. Sometimes I paint or draw or even write. I love to collaborate because even though I have plenty of my own ideas, new perspectives are refreshing and invigorating. I have been teaching lately because it turns out makers have valuable skills that can’t just be acquired in a classroom or from a magic pill.
- Masks are not required while in the building, but are available at the front desk.
- Class requires a minimum of 4 registered participants to run.