Independent Sand Casting

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Independent Sand Casting

This is an exciting opportunity to practice casting your own work in precious metals.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 3/9/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Sun, 3/10/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 3/9/2024 - Sun, 3/10/2024


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Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio



This hands-on experience is more like an open studio as opposed to a class, as you'll do every step in the casting process. You need to be well versed and comfortable with the process. 

Session 1, Preparing sand: Arrive with your pieces ready to be fitted into the sand, weighed (don't forget to record the weight), calculate amount of metal needed.

Session 2, Casting: Arrive with your clean, pre-weighed metal and appropriate casting attire. Teams of two will take turns casting until we finish. Everyone helps to clean up on both days.


Skill level: Intermediate


  • You need to provide your own metal. Bronze or sterling are the most often cast materials. If you're using scrap, clean and remove all solder beforehand. You can cast in gold if you choose.


Introduction to Sand Casting. Please provide your own sand.

Have questions about attending? Email for instructor approval. 

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome. 

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Karin Luvaas

Karin Luvaas is a Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler with a degree in encaustics, painting, and metal sculpture. She has studied under numerous jewelry masters including Blaine Lewis, founder of New Approach School for Jewelers in Tennessee, and achieved graduate jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world-renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco. Karin also is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate. Her current work can be seen at

Jody Lyle

Jody Lyle is a goldsmith with more than 25 years' experience designing and making jewelry. She graduated from the University of North Texas where she studied with Harlan Butt and has continued her education through classes with masters, apprenticeships, trade school training, skill-building classes, and lots of bench time. She believes in learning by doing, listening to others’ experiences, and looking at how things are made around you. Her main focus right now is wax carving, fabrication, chasing, and repoussé. She works mostly with silver, gold, steel, rock, and semi-precious and precious stones to create pieces to be worn and enjoyed. See her work and on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr.

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