Art Casting Course - Content

What is the course about?

The course is about developing your understanding of the ceramic shell process of bronze casting. You will be guided through a range of processes, to create a small sculpture that will be cast in bronze, or other metal, at the InovativeCentre, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade.

Course outline

This comprehensive course is for those who wish to learn a number of mould making and casting processes, from the fundamental principles to more advanced techniques. From the starting point of making a clay or wax original (no experience necessary) you will produce a one-piece flexible rubber mould, take castings from it and learn the principles of how to produce a multi-piece mould. You will then go on to produce a range of different moulds and casts including clay press moulds, plaster multi-piece moulds, plaster casting and finishing, hollow lost wax ceramic shell casting and life moulds from the body. This course is suitable for the complete novice or the more experienced who wishes to hone or add to existing skills.

1st Day

• Introduction to the basic concepts of metalcasting: metals and alloys, melting, molding and coremaking, tools and equipment, technology.
• The types of metals and alloys for casting art, the raw materials, furnaces and smelting of metals.
• Movie presentation.
• Visiting lab and familiarization with basic equipment and tools.

2nd Day

• History and introduction to Art Casting: famed art castings, working with the template-casting bells and cannons.
• Basic technological operations in the artistic casting.
• Movie presentation.
• Working in the lab - Making small molds in sand and casting of Al/Cu alloys cast.

3rd Day

• Principles of the hollow lost wax ceramic shell method.
• Required tools, materials and accessories: artwork, modeling and molding- clay, plaster, rubber, plastics, polystyrene, making ceramic shell for castings.
• Movie presentation.
• Working in the lab- Start an individual project. Drawing on Auto CAD - the choice of the individual models, development of a model on the 3D printer, etc.

4th Day

• Presentation of other methods for making art castings (hard and soft molding).
• Basics of welding. Methods- TIG, MIG and others. Tools and accessories for welding.
• Laboratory – demonstration on welding and further work on an individual project

5th Day

• Rapid Prototyping. The concept and methods.
• Movie presentation
• Laboratory - further work on an individual project.

6-9th Day

• Laboratory-Individual student projects. Making art cast using an impression with silicone rubber models: making models of (favorable or previously made on 3D printer), taking an impression of rubber, plaster covering, rubber waxing, plaster mold assembly, pouring wax, preparing and pouring a mixture of core, reinforcement of core , opening the mold with wax model and making the filling system on the model, making the shell- infliction the required number of layers, baking pans and set up for casting, shell casting, finishing- shaking out, sand blasting and cutting, welding, grinding and polishing, patination, waxing.

10th Day

• How to make your own art foundry castings and how much it costs - making a business plan.
• Laboratory-finish their own projects (sculptures)

11th Day

• Common-trip visit to the professional art casting foundry (lunch).

12th Day

• Awarding of certificates. The discussion, exchange of experiences, comments and suggestions. Lunch. The end of the course.