April Bower | Cuttlebone Casting | Monday, January 30th, 2017 | 9 am until 5 pm


 You will use a cuttlefish bone – I am sure you have seen one inside a bird cage – to cast a unique wood grain textured pendant in sterling silver. Learn the artful surprise of carving and pouring molten silver into a cuttlefish bone, with option to finish a pendant or continue with multiple castings, each building on the experience of the previous, with up to two more carvings and three pours. Your own successes, as well as missteps, and those of others students, will lead you to some discoveries that will make cuttlebone casting a new favorite.Combine elements to create a finished piece, or cast elements to be used in future creations. Carving, pressing in models, creating pedestals for stones, and fusing Argentium elements to your castings will be demonstrated.

* Due to many traveling to these workshops, I can supply the tools and the casting silver for you if you reserve/ order it ahead of time.

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: 01/30/2017

Time: *9:00 am until 5:00 pm

* This class will run for 7-hours (9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm)

Class Fee: $145

Student Level

Experienced Beginner –  Students should be able to saw and have some beginning soldering skills, or permission of instructor

Kit Fee: $40 (payable to instructor at class time)

Instructor will have the following for use in class

casting torch and crucible,

binding wire,

propane torch & fuel,

silver solder,


solder pick,




scratch brush,

use of tools. Flex shafts & belt sander, band saw, polishing lathe, and all equipment needed to complete project.

Student Supply List

Student must supply 1 oz of sterling casting grain or sterling scrap (and more for additional pours) or order it from me ahead of time

hand tools required: Bench pin & clamp

jewelers saw & 2/0 or smaller blades

exacto knife OR dull small carving tool,


small soft artists paint brush ( inexpensive)

large flat file and half round ( like inside ring) file

( I will have some of needed tools to share, if unable to bring)

Optional Supply List

soldering set up you are comfortable with (ie: Butane torch, pick, charcoal block etc.)

rotary tool & bits. (abrasive wheels, drills, ball burs etc)

Ott light and extension cord

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