Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Craft
Aluminum Scratch Mold Workshop - Sea Robin Studio
This event was held October 4th and 5th, 2014, 10 AM to 5 PM
1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332

Participants made 6 hexagonal tiles by scratching designs into sand molds.  These were filled with molten aluminum.

Colleen, Steve, Rachel
Colleen with crucible

Colleen Larkin-Ayers, Steve Morse, and Rachel Wenner poured aluminum scratch molds for participants at the 2014 Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Craft in Millville, NJ on October 4th and 5th.  For a cost of $40 (16 years old or younger $30), participants made 6 aluminum tiles. 

Rachel pours

Unlike iron casting, which requires a crew, aluminum casting can be a small scale DIY  operation with a homemade furnace running off a small propane tank like a gas grill uses.  Steve has made made and used these furnaces, and used one at the festival. 


Pictures below show participants, molds, and finished tiles from the 2014.
Proud mold carvers!
burning off alcohol

Proud mold carvers!  This mold is reday to be painted with an alcohol/graphite mix to make it smooth.       The alcohol is then burned off.
finished fire
                dancer tile.scallop
                                  Here is the finished fire dancer.                                                                                     Here is a scallop.
bad advicefairy shrimp
                                        Here is some bad advice!                                                                              A couple of fairy shrimp.

                                                                  NJ!                                                                                                        Fish