Pewter Casting with London Sculpture Workshop

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Description

Experiment with modelling in wax and create an artwork to be cast in pewter metal. Pewter is a silver coloured alloy which melts at a low temperature and can easily be cast on a gas hob. The pewter we use for this course is lead free and has a high tin content which makes it soft to work and very good for hammering and shaping after it has been cast. Traditionally pewter has been used for cups and plates but it can also be used to cast metal sculptures and is very good for making fine intricate work. It also works well combined with wood or stone. *Please note that each course runs over 4 days in 2 consecutive weeks. The bookable dates in the calendar are Day 1 of each course. MAY 2023 days/dates: Day 1 - Thursday 18th May Day 2 - Friday 19th May Day 3 - Thursday 25th May Day 4 - Friday 26th May NOVEMBER 2023 days/dates: Day 1 - Saturday 11th November Day 2 - Sunday 12th November Day 3 - Saturday 18th November Day 4 - Sunday 19th November

What's included in the price?

Day 1 Experiment with different waxes to make a small sculpture to cast, please be aware that due to the rising costs of pewter try to keep the wax relatively small (eg. the size of a lemon). Day 2 Add casting ‘runners’ and ‘risers’ to your wax sculptures in preparation for casting, then make plaster moulds. These moulds will then be heated to burn out the wax which will leave a negative cavity to be filled with molten pewter. Day 3 Melt and cast molten pewter into your plaster moulds. Allow to cool and then chisel out the casts and clean them up. Day 4 Finish your artwork, polishing, patination, welding and cold working of pewter. This will be followed by instruction on how to set up your own pewter casting works. Please note: basic materials are included. The cost of this course includes 1 kilo of pewter, any additional metal used will be charged at £52 per kilo.

Duration

4 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts

Maker


London Sculpture Workshop (LSW) is a not for profit CIC and artist led maker space, founded in 2012 by graduates from The Royal College of Art (RCA) and The Slade School of Fine Art as an open access sculpture workshop with a short course programme. LSW was founded to meet the need for accessible, inclusive, affordable, high-quality facilities for anyone who wants to make in 3D.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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Venue

London Sculpture Workshop, Unit 0, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR