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Foundry

Classes taught at The Crucible

Casting metal is a 6,000-year-old process still used in both manufacturing and fine art. The founder melts metal (usually aluminum, bronze and cast iron) in a crucible, pours it into a mold, then removes the mold material or the casting once the metal has cooled and solidified. In our classes, beginners learn the chemistry and basic steps that go into making a piece of cast metal, while advanced classes explore the intricacies of casting and metal finishing.

Adult Classes

3-Hour Taster: Sand Casting

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. You can try Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Enameling, Foundry, Glass Casting, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, Leather or MIG Welding. Take a Taster and meet new friends, or give the gift of creativity to someone special. These popular and fun classes fill up fast!

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Bell Casting

Bell Casting introduces participants to bell design and the lost wax foundry technique. Each student will design, cast, and finish a bell approximately 6″ in diameter. This entry level class will provide a foundation for further explorations in this versatile foundry approach.

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Build Your Own Foundry Furnace

Build a small propane-fueled furnace capable of melting 12 lbs. of bronze or 4 lbs. of aluminum for your next project. The furnace you make in class can easily be operated by one person, measures about 16″ x 16″ x 21″ and weighs about 100 lbs. It will include the furnace chamber, burner, a crucible and crucible handling tongs, but does not include the propane tank, hose and regulator. Students learn how to safely operate it, and how to approach designing and building furnaces of larger capacities.

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Design & Make Your Own Waffle Iron

Each student will create a 7” diameter stovetop waffle iron with a waffle pattern of your own design. We will make sand molds and use a cupola furnace to melt the iron. The spectacular iron pour will occur on a Friday evening.

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Foundry Fundamentals

Begin your exploration of metal casting with this hands-on overview of foundry processes, including wax sculpting, lost wax casting, ceramic shell, sand moldmaking, casting, and finishing. You will help pour molten metal and complete several cast-metal sculptures or utilitarian objects.

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Foundry I: Ceramic Shell Process

Ceramic shell is a mold material used in the lost wax casting method. Learn basic wax-working techniques and explore basic metal finishing in this fascinating course. You will create a wax sculpture and build ceramic shell molds, transforming your original wax piece into bronze or aluminum. NOTE: Additional fees required for wax, shell, and bronze.

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Foundry II: Ceramic Shell Process

This class is for people with metal casting experience who have completed waxes to cast. We can also accommodate 3-D printed PLA (best unpigmented). Participants will prepare their patterns, gate them, build the ceramic shell mold, cast in either bronze or aluminum, destroy the mold, and remove the gates. NOTE: Additional fees required for metal, wax, and ceramic shell. PREREQUISITE: Foundry Fundamentals or Foundry I: Ceramic Shell Process

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Iron Casting

In this course, you will complete a finished iron sculpture. You‰’ll explore mold construction and preparation while building your own sand mold with resin-bonded sand. Learn the steps required to prepare the cupola for an iron pour. In the final event, students prepare iron and coke charges, operate the cupola, and pour molten iron into their mold.

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Patinas Made Easy

The right patina can be the essential finishing touch for your metal project. Learn various bronze patination methods along with other coatings and applications. Students should bring some small pieces of their own to patina. You’ll be able to experiment on small test samples before working on your own pieces.

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Sand Casting in Bronze & Aluminum

Turn your creations into cast metal! Working with resin-bonded sand, you’ll learn the basics as you build your own mold. As part of a casting team, you’ll have the exhilarating experience of pouring molten bronze or aluminum. After the casting cools, you’ll open the mold and finish your piece. Bring a found object or a sculpture that’s smaller than a breadbox to make an impression into the sand. The sculpture can be made of wax, clay, foam, or wood.

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Youth Classes

Youth Adventures in Sand Casting

In this introduction to foundry processes, you’ll turn your ideas into cast-metal sculptures as you learn the basics of metal casting. You will make a sculpture, create a mold in resin-bonded sand, and then watch as molten aluminum is poured into your mold. Once cooled, you have your own unique, finished sculpture!

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