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Pewter Casting Taster with Giulia Gentili

Dates Saturday 20 May 2023  
Time 10am4pm  
Price £100 (£90)  

Learn to cast pewter medals with cuttlefish moulds.  

This one-day taster will introduce you to the ancient and sustainable technique of casting with pewter using cuttlefish moulds. You will design and carve into a cuttlefish shell and pour molten metal into your own mould before demoulding and finishing them off. 

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of working with metalwork too.  



Cuttlefish casting is an ancient technique that was used in Mediterranean countries for centuries. Pewter is a malleable metal alloy that has a low melting point, so we will use a recycled tin can and blow torch to melt the pewter in a small furnace.  

Through the course you will:  

  • Learn to use a variety of tools to carve into cuttlefish to create reduction-based patterns for the moulds.  
  • Have the opportunity to melt and pour pewter into your individual mould.  
  • Learn how to finish your pewter casts using Dremels and files. 

Giulia Gentili is an artist and art technician specialising in casting and mould-making. Her practice primarily focuses on casting natural forms and digital manipulation. She currently works as a casting technician at Edinburgh College of Art and works as an install technician and consultant across various galleries in Scotland. 

Courses are subject to minimum enrolment, so please book as soon as possible, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation. 

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