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Wednesday 7 April 2021



This course runs across four sessions. Participants must be able to attend all sessions.

Wednesday 7 April, 10am–12pm
Wednesday 14 April, 10am–1pm
Wednesday 21 April, 10am–12pm
Wednesday 28 April, 10am–12pm

Apply by 28 March
Please read the 'How to Apply' info in the main text before applying.

This practical short course will introduce you to working with simple mould making and casting processes, providing you with foundational knowledge that you can then apply to the development of your own projects. 

The course is made up of four live sessions alongside self-paced, online learning, which will take you from mould to finished article. You’ll be introduced to silicone rubber mould making and how to cast using Jesmonite, a solvent free, environmentally conscious material which is suitable for interior and exterior use across a range of decorative, artistic, architectural and mould making applications. There will also be the opportunity to discuss your own project ideas and get the support you need to apply the knowledge you develop through the course. 

You will learn: 

  • How to use and select silicone rubber for mould making 
  • What to take into account when designing a mould 
  • How digital fabrication tools can be used to produce moulds 
  • How to cast with Jesmonite  
  • How to finish a Jesmonite cast 

All materials you need will be provided and posted to you. The course is run by Senior Technician Paul Barlow. Paul works at STEAMhouse supporting members with their digital manufacturing projects and running the 3D print farm and much of our CNC equipment .

Paul spent many years in manufacturing engineering before bringing his focus to the creative industries. Using the skills that he acquired in industry Paul has a wealth of knowledge of making processes and materials that he brings into his creative practice. As a practitioner much of his focus has been on interior and architectural design with a specialism in architectural and kiln formed glass.

How to Apply

This workshop is fully funded. To take part you must be an eligible SME – this means you must be registered as self-employed or have your own business and be based in England.

To apply to take part please email the following information to by Sunday 28 March

1. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to take part in the workshop and how you think it will benefit your business. We are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.

2. If you are not already a STEAMhouse member, please also introduce yourself and let us know what you do, and where you are based – including confirmation that you are self-employed or have your own business

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