Secrets of Assemblage: Mold Making and Resin Casting for Mixed Media and Jewelry with Bridget Benton, May 11, Almost full

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Secrets of Assemblage: Mold Making and Resin Casting for Mixed Media and Jewelry with Bridget Benton, May 11, Almost full

160.00

May 11th, 10am-5pm

$160 includes specialty Materials!!

Take your mixed media art to the next level – 3D!  Whether you’ve been doing collage and assemblage for years, or are just starting out, this class will be full of tips and tricks to help you add DIMENSION to your art.

Jewelry and assemblage art that includes found objects and natural elements – keys, shells, coral, fossils, pine cones, leaves, twigs, and even bones – can be incredibly compelling but the materials can be fragile, precious or one-of-a-kind, and difficult to work with. The solution? Make a mold of the object, and then cast it in durable, easy-to-use, quick-curing, low-odor resin!

Bring your favorite found objects and use lots that is provided for you… you’ll learn to make reusable molds that capture intricate detail and then learn to successfully cast them in a lightweight plastic that can be sanded, painted, drilled, and even finished to look like copper or bronze. We’ll cover a bunch of possible finishes, and you’ll have the chance in class to create a simple pendant and work on an assemblage of your own. Then, you’ll take your molds, your casts, and all your skills home with you to make more!

 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.

 Materials provided include: 1/3 lb silicone mold-making material and quick-cast resin (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), a variety of metal-reactive paints, jewelry findings for two necklaces, and a wood panel to use in creating an assemblage! I’ll also have tons of collage papers and found objects for you to play with.

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