Silversmithing (Cuttlefish Casting) Workshop at the Rare Trades Centre

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Embark on an exciting journey into the ancient art of cuttlefish casting with Rachel Grose.

In this full-day workshop, you will learn to harness the natural beauty and texture of the cuttlefish bone in a silversmithing technique that has been used for centuries.

You will carve and shape the cuttlefish bone to make a mould and pour molten silver into it to take on the shape and unique properties of the material.

At the end of the day, you will have made a one-of-a-kind piece of sterling silver jewellery.

Held at Ballarat’s Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades, a world-class facility dedicated to learning and preserving Australia’s rare arts and trades through a series of workshops, masterclasses, events, and residencies.

Content: Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades

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  • Sat 7 Sep


Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350

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$405 per person

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  • Actively welcomes people with access needs.

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