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Our Metal Courses
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May

Pewter Work - Tour of Techniques
Wednesday 24th May 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Bonnie Mackintosh

£80
Pewter is a soft, pliable metal and lovely to work with. This course offers an introduction to the craft of pewterwork, made popular by the Arts and Crafts Movement. You will learn the basic techniques common to all pewterwork projects. Using simple hand-held tools, you will be shown how to give texture and form to flat metal sheet to produce an attractive sampler of techniques. Very little is needed in the way of equipment so this craft can easily be continued at home.
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Pewterwork Light Catcher
Thursday 25th May 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Bonnie Mackintosh

£80
Spend a day creating a mirror or light catcher framed in decorative pewterwork. We will use a mirror tile as a base for the attractive pewter surround. You will learn how to give decorative texture and form to flat sheet metal through the process of pewter repoussé, a craft made popular by the Arts and Crafts Movement.
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June

Casting in Pewter - Cuttlefish Moulds
Saturday 17th June 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Toby Robson

£80
Cuttlefish bone moulds are one of the oldest known methods of casting metal. They were once used to make arrow-heads and jewellery as well as other items. This course is an introduction into pewter art casting, with a hint of archaeological alchemy. You will be shown how to carve designs into cuttlefish bones. Pewter will then be melted and poured into the moulds and after a little fettling and chasing, you will leave with your own design cast in pewter.
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August

Casting in Aluminium - Sand Moulds
Wednesday 9th August 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Toby Robson

£80
Cheap, versatile and relatively simple, sand casting was used to manufacture much of the metalwork that kick-started the Industrial Revolution, from steam engines to beams and railings. This method uses a form to create an impression or void in the sand which is then filled with molten metal. In this introductory course, you will be shown how to make a basic sand mould into which we will pour molten aluminium. After a little fettling and chasing, you will be left with a simple form or plaque of your own design in cast metal.
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November

Pewterwork – A Tour of Techniques
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Bonnie Mackintosh

£80
This course will be an in-depth look at pewterworking techniques, culminating in a series of representative small tiles/sample pieces for use as reference in future pewterwork projects.
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