Cast from Nature: Mold Making and Resin Casting with Bridget Benton, May 11

  • 310 ART

  • Address: 191 Lyman Street #310, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Admission: $160
  • Phone: (828) 776-2716
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Saturday, May 11, 10am - 5pm. Materials provided include: 1/3 lb silicone mold-making material (enough to make about 5 smallish molds), quick cast resin, a variety of metal-reactive and special effects paints, wire, and jewelry findings for mixed media projects. Metal casting is complicated and expensive. Ceramics require a kiln and other fancy tools. But it’s easy to make reproductions of your favorite found objects and make them look like metal or even raku! In this class, we’ll learn to use a simple 2-part silicone mold making material and quick cast plastic resin to make your own 3D cast elements – perfect for jewelry or for use in your mixed-media art! Bring your favorite found objects and bits of nature, and you’ll learn tips and tricks to make reusable molds that capture intricate detail and then learn to successfully cast them in a lightweight, paintable, sand-able, drillable plastic. Shells, small metal objects, little fossils, and even pine cones work well. Next, I’ll show you how to use reactive metallic paints to imitate the look of copper and bronze, complete with patinas! I’ll also demo how to create a crackled raku-fired look finish. Enough mold-making material is included in the class for you to make molds of 3-5 objects that average 2” square in size – and you’ll have access to enough casting material to make multiple casts from each mold. You’ll go home with your molds and plenty of finished items for use in jewelry and a variety of mixed media art projects – and all the skills to make more! I’ll also cover basic techniques for creating jewelry from your cast pieces and ways of using the items in mixed-media art projects. Note: These are press molds, meaning that the resulting form will be flat on the back. Ideal objects to cast include items that are firm, less than 3" long or wide and have a stable, non-porous surface. For example, it will be easier to cast a shell or acorn than a twig covered with flaking bark. And, it will be probably be easier to cast a twig than a leaf or bit of moss. Due to possible copyright infringement, I recommend against reproducing commercially cast items.