Event ID: P11987
Info: Sep 13-Nov 8 • Thu • 6:30-9:30pm • No class Nov 1 • plus Oct 13, 27 • Sat • 10:00am-2:00pm • and Oct 16, 20 • Tue • 6:30-9:30pm • 12 mtgs • UHM Art 121 • $180 plus $95 supply fee, payable at first class; additional bronze fee charged by weight after casting
With: Jackie Mild Lau
This course covers the basic steps for creating an original small bronze sculpture using the lost wax method of casting. Focus on principles of design and introduction of content to communicate ideas and create a personally meaningful art work.Soldering iron with flattened tip, rheostat highly recommended.
1st session: Introduction, casting process overview, individual conferences, melting wax, casting wax sheets, lab fee.
2nd session: Image development in wax, water or oil based clay, mold making discussion.
3rd session: Continue image development. Mold making, silicon and plaster piece molds.
4th session: Continue mold making. Wax casting, chasing, and refinement.
5th session: Gating demonstration, adding sprues, vents, pouring cups. Weighing wax to estimate bronze. Casting diagrams.
6th session: Investments. Making flasks, adding core pins, surface tension release. Mixing plaster, sand, and water. Load kiln.
7th session: First pour. Clean and weigh metal. Assign jobs. Practice. Start melt. Load pit. Vacuum. Pour. repeat as necessary. Devest, cleanup.
8th session: Chasing. Bring hammers, chisels, grinders, bits, cutoff wheels, eye, ear, and lung protection.
9th session: Second investment. Continue chasing.
10th session: Second pour.
11th session: More chasing. Weld and drill if necessary. Discuss presentation. Weigh completed sculpture. Bronze fee.
12th session: Patinas, protection, presentation, and evaluations.
Equipment (will be discussed at first session):
Metal and wood modeling tools
Toothpicks, bamboo skewers, drinking straws
Covered shoes, boots
Long sleeve jacket
Cold chisels, hammer
Die grinder or Dremel type tool with carbide bits
Dust mask or respirator
Safety glasses, goggles, or face shield
This course is conducted as a cooperative effort. Offer to bring refreshments if your project is especially difficult or unwieldy. To save time and avoid staying late, move projects along at home. The $60 lab fee covers plaster, sand, tar paper, chicken wire, abrasives, and patina chemicals. For pieces larger than 12", add $25 to lab fee. Add $25 lab fee for each additional investment . Bronze is determined by weight and charged in addition because costs have increased substantially in recent years.
Jackie Mild Lau, MFA, University of Hawai‘i, is a freelance sculptor, art instructor, board member and past president of Hawai‘i Craftsmen. She has taught figure sculpture and bronze casting for Outreach College for a number of years. Her work reflects a passion for creating skewed narratives of people and animals often acting like each other. Visit www.sculptureoutofhand.com to see and learn more about Jackie's work.
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