ART 158B1 : Jewelry - Casting & Chain Making I
Jewelry-Casting Chains I
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Contact hours total
An introduction to centrifugal lost wax casting process. Additive and subtractive methods will be used to sculpt small-scale wax models, which will be sprued, invested and cast. Fusing links to weave simple chains and finishing techniques will be included.
1. Develop the basic skills necessary to create wax models in a controlled manner to use for casting.
2. Develop skill spruing and investing models to cast.
3. Learn to fuse wire to make links and basic chains.
4. Learn to recognize and attain a high level of craftsmanship. Craftsmanship is the ability to attain a purposeful finish on the inside and outside of the project - no scratches, dings, other inappropriate marks, or tarnish.
5. Understand how to achieve a good design for cast metalwork by 1} creating a balance between the various elements which provide contrast in a design, 2) using the unifying principles of design to make the elements
visually cohesive, 3} developing the sensitivity to recognize a visually appealing division of space to create a strong composition.
6. Develop critical and creative thinking skills to 1} generate several imaginative preliminary ideas; 2} design an
extended series of one of the ideas using innovative or exploratory thinking; 3} problem-solve to find the best locations for sprues; and 4} suggest ways to improve the weaknesses in both their own design solutions and the solutions created by others in the class for a successful casting.