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Badge – Casting
April 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Casting metal is a 6,000-year-old process still used in manufacturing and fine art. The founder melts metal (usually aluminum, bronze, or cast iron) in a crucible, pours it into a mold, then removes the mold material or the casting once the metal has cooled and solidified. In our classes, beginners learn the safety associated with pouring 1800 degrees of molten metal, how to pack a sand mold, and how to pour liquid metal into the mold.
What You’ll Learn
In this class, students will learn casting terminology and get an overview of the proper tools and devices used. They’ll also learn how to light a small furnace properly, melt bronze in a crucible, pack a two-part sand mold, and pour molten bronze into the mold to create a three-dimensional object.
Proper safety attire is mandatory!
- Leather, closed-toe boots.
- Long, natural fiber pants (denim is perfect).
- Long sleeve, natural fiber shirt (cotton or wool).
MAKE will provide the following:
- Leather apron
- Casting gloves
- Safety goggles
- Face shield
About the Instructor
James W. Johnson is the executive director of MAKE Santa Fe, CEO of Mindshare Labs, and sits on the board of Trustees at Santa Fe Playhouse. He’s also an avid maker. James studied Theater and Art at the University of Idaho, earning his B.F.A.
Upon graduation, he dove into a career as a scene designer. To date, James has designed or built over 150 different theatrical sets. His work has been on stage at Santa Fe Playhouse, Hedgerow Theater, Flat Rock Playhouse, NC Stage Company, and many others across the country.
His career in the theater slowly evolved into becoming a non-profit administrator. Over the past decade, James has helped theaters, non-profits, and higher education institutes make their mark on the web by creating online systems that benefit the missions of those institutions. He’s led fundraising, marketing, and business development teams and is a self-taught web developer specializing in programming languages related to web design.
James maintains artistic inspiration through photography, metalwork, and as a scenic designer. He’s passionate about leading MAKE Santa Fe and loves sharing his knowledge.
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