A few weeks ago, I started taking a class in low-tech casting at one of the local art schools. The first technique we were taught was delft clay casting, and I’m already obsessed. Being that it’s low-tech, there isn’t much that you need to get started. I’m hoping to have all of this equipment sometime soon, so that I can cast from home!
no. 1 // delft clay mold frame and 4.4 lb delft clay bag
When casting, you can reuse any clay that hasn’t been burnt, so a bag this size should definitely last a while for one person.
no. 2 // blazer stingray micro torch
I’ve had this micro torch in my Amazon wishlist for well over a year. Someday I’ll break down and buy it!
no. 3 // “the whip” melting crucible (two dishes: 1-3/4″ and 2-1/4″)
I may be biased, as this is the crucible that we use in class, but it definitely meets its needs. It comes with two crucibles, so you can switch between metals instantly while avoiding contamination.
no. 4 // german jeweler’s saw
This one comes with plenty of blades, which is good for me because I have a tendency to break them!
no. 5 // silver casting grain
Although I might start out with bronze casting grain to get the concepts down, silver will always be my metal of choice!
There are about a million other little things that I can think of that I would need, such as sheet metal, tongs, butane, solder, files, a ball peen hammer… etc etc. This is already looking to be an expensive hobby, but so far it seems worth it!
…anddd here’s the SECOND thing I’ve ever cast. A bronze Lego! My first casting didn’t go so well, but I’m happy with the results of my second try. It has it’s imperfections, but that just gives it more character (or at least I tell myself that to make myself feel better)! If all goes well, this will soon be made into a ring.