Creative Metal Casting


Course Length

Part time:

6 weeks

Contact Hours

Part time:

Tuesdays 9am to 3pm


Full Fee:


Delivery Mode

On Campus

Course Overview

This six-week workshop offers participants metal casting techniques for small scale sculpture and jewellery applications.

Participants will be guided through the processes of ideas generation, drawing, concept development and techniques suitable for casting designs in pewter using cuttlefish bone, as well as using the lost wax casting processes to cast designs in a variety of metals such as pewter, silver and brass. Basic metalworking hand-skills will also be offered to enable professional completion of the student artworks.

Interactive demonstrations include the following skills:

Cuttlefish Bone Casting

  • Preparing Cuttlefish bone for carving and making design mould
  • Modelling tools and carving design into the bone
  • Heating, melting and pouring pewter into the bone
  • Finishing and polishing techniques

Lost Wax Casting

  • Selection of waxes and modelling tools
  • Methylated spirit lamp for heating the modelling tools
  • Modelling and carving the wax
  • Attaching wax models to sprues and flask base
  • Measuring, mixing and pouring investment into flask
  • Using the kiln for wax burn-out procedures
  • Melting Metals in crucibles
  • Pouring metals by hand
  • The Centrifugal Casting Machine
  • Melting metal for use in the Centrifugal Casting Machine
  • Cooling the casting processes
  • Cleaning, finishing and polishing techniques

Please wear safe, closed-toe footwear (no sandals or thongs) and bring a sketch/notebook, pen and pencils.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Fee Information

1. Full Fee: $595.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Further details on fees available

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