Casting w/ Delft Clay

Course Description

About this course

This introduction workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn the basics process of beginner small-scale one time use mold casting. Delft clay is a type of sand casting that allows you to make replicas of found objects or wax models. Unlike sand the delft clay is finer and more compactible making it a perfect reusable molding material that retains intricate details. During this workshop you will learn how to choose the right objects to cast, set up a successful mold, melt then pour molten bronze and silver as well as go through any trouble shooting if molds or pours fail. Feel free to bring in a variety of small items such as plastic toys, keys and buttons you may want to try to delft cast! Preferably nothing over the 3 inches in size. While the metals studio is equipped with exhaust vents please note that during this workshop we will be using organic material (sand) that may smell as a by-product during the casting process. Beginners are welcome!



Meet the Instructor

Lauren Beaudoin

Lauren Anabela Beaudoin is an artist, metalsmith and founder of Creative Dexterity, which launched in 2007. The name reflects the ways in which her hands play a major role in her creative process, whether holding a pencil, hammer, torch or, ultimately, Lauren’s finished work. In a way, creating and dexterity go “hand in hand.”

After taking her first metalsmithing class as a teen Lauren knew this was a passion she wanted to pursue.  This led her to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in metals in 2004.  

Lauren’s design style is a considered crisp, industrial, simple yet elegant.  Her latest series include the Computer Key Jewelry, which use upcycled computer keys as a quirky commentary to contemporary culture and the Modern and O.C.D. Series which investigate shape, color and kinetic elements.  Her work can be viewed in April's 2009 Macworld Magazine addition and soon to be featured in Retrash, which was released in September of 2014

Beaudoin has been former Metals Department Head at the Worcester Center for Crafts where she continues to instruct adult school courses in the metals program. She currently resides in Western Massachusetts where she is an active studio artist.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $20 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes bronze casting grain and delft clay, as well as other supplies and tools necessary for casting. 

Students should bring 

If you would like to cast in sterling silver it is recommended that you bring in any of your unsoldered scrap sterling silver and/or purchase some casting grain prior to this workshop. If you’d like to pre-purchase sterling silver casting grain you can order this through Rio Grande.  Grain is sold by the ounce and 2-3oz is plenty.  If you plan on bringing sterling silver scrap then ordering an additional 1-2oz of casting grain should be enough.



Materials Cost



Lauren Beaudoin


June 14, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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