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Bronze Pour Workshop 3 of 3, 2022–POSTPONED!

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Saturday, June 25, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Informational Session & Pattern Making Workshop (Class 1 of 3)
Saturday, July 9, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Mold Making (continued Sunday if necessary) (Class 2 of 3)
Saturday July 16, 10 am – Evening: Mold Preparation & Pour (Class 3 of 3)
Instructors: Hicks, Bettenberg, Brockman, Zadworny
Class size: 4 – 6
Registration Due June 11, 2022
We’ll be casting silicon bronze into two-part (cope and drag) sand molds from your pattern. For beginners, a flat-backed sculpted clay pattern is recommended (see photo). However, if you have something specific that you’d like to cast, please reach out to discuss the project before registration (costs may be over and above the basic class fee for individually tailored projects).
NOTE: this is a three-Saturday workshop. Please do not register unless you are confident you will attend all three days. Pattern making, mold making, and casting metal are arts with no guarantees, but you will certainly gain knowledge and hopefully have fun in this multi-disciplinary event.
Saturday, June 25 we will look at examples and talk about ways of creating a pattern to get a successful casting. We will also give an overview of mold making, including sprue and vent systems.
Saturday, July 9 we’ll ram sand molds around your finished patterns. Bring lunch or there are places nearby.
Saturday, July 16 will be the day of the actual pour (weather permitting). First we will prepare the molds. You’ll have the opportunity to be on the pour crew. Before leaving, you’ll cut the sprues and vents off your casting. You’re on your own for the finishing work. Bring lunch or there are places nearby.
Safety First! You will need to bring: eye & ear protection, leather gloves, and wear proper clothing for metal work (leather, cotton, or wool).
This is an inclusive space. All identities are welcome. Please check your politics at the door. We’re here to have a good time and cast metal!
To register, send your check made out to “The Guild of Metalsmiths” and contact information to:
Marty Hicks
2223 Stewart Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Contact Marty with questions: hixwerx@gmail.com or 651-492-0899
Acceptance priority for the class is determined by postmark.


July 16
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Marty Hicks-Hixwerx
2223 Stewart Ave
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