A one-day course* with Exmoor silversmith Cat Mills, and suitable for novice makers.
Cuttlefish casting is an ancient technique for making cast objects. Cat will guide you through the process of creating a design, carving it into cuttlefish bone, and pouring molten silver into your mould. You’ll be shown how to finish and polish your piece to make a stunning piece of jewellery – a truly unique gift to yourself or for a friend.
Places are limited to 6. We may be able to add further dates to our calendar subject to demand.
*There is the option to book for a second day of casting (Wed 7 Dec) to allow you to extend your experience and expand your learning. Supper, B&B available at the Manor.
Who’s it For?
No prior experience is necessary, but you’ll be working in a workshop environment with hot metal and sharp hand tools; come prepared for an environment that may be noisy and where manual dexterity is an advantage. You’ll be sent a Health and Safety form to read and sign before you come.
In addition to the course fee, you will need to pay Halsway for the silver you use. Silver is charged at £1 per gram. As a rough guide – as it will depend on how big your pieces are:
Cuttlefish cast pendants £12 – £25
Cuttlefish cast rings £6 – £10
Cat has an ethically conscious approach to her work and loves to recycle scrap sterling silver into new and beautiful forms (eg through cuttlefish casting). If you wish, you may bring your own sterling silver items (lion-marked, antique items are most reliably pure – this could be tableware, hand mirrors, hairbrushes, pill boxes etc, not just jewellery) to melt down and cast; please let us know if this is something you’d like to do and Cat will plan it into the day.
Silversmith Cat Mills has over 10 years’ teaching experience, including day courses and regular evening classes at her workshop deep in the heart of Exmoor, as well as travelling with her mobile workshop to deliver workshops at festival street fairs and events.
In her work she is a strong advocate of recycle and re-use, mixing new with recycled metal and tapping into waste as a resource.
“Taking scrap sterling silver, I melt it down and ether cast it into my designs, or forge into organic shapes. To this I add recycled copper and brass, these base metals giving contrast and colour to my work. My handmade jewellery is made using traditional hand tools and avoiding harmful chemicals, packaged in recycled boxes.”