Geometric Handmade Molds: Design 3D-faceted Objects

Explore original casting techniques to create functional and sculptural objects using different materials such as concrete, jesmonite, or acrylic resin

Course Overview

The process of making a functional object with your own hands is far more rewarding than buying it at the store. Designer Phil Cuttance, whose work has been featured in the Milan Furniture Fair and Art Basel Miami, has dedicated his career to making unique furniture and accessories completely by hand.

In this course, Phil walks you through the process of making a handmade geometric mold to then cast concrete and create a bespoke object. Ready to create an original accessory with your own two hands?

What is this course's project?

Create a geometric light shade or vase from scratch using handmade molds and casting cement.

What will you learn in this online course?

Start by getting to know Phil Cuttance, a designer specialized in sculptural objects. He shares his story, which started with being raised in a big, creative family in New Zealand to starting his own studio in the UK over a decade ago. Hear about the artists and creative work that have shaped his style.

Delve into the basics of casting into molds as Phil reveals his casting technique. He shares why his technique is unique, and how it enables him to make complex objects in a relatively simple way. Then, get an overview of the casting materials needed. Discover Phil’s process for designing and making the shapes of molds, and how to turn a simple 2D plastic sheet into a complex 3D form.

Phil takes you step-by-step through the process of making your own mold and preparing it for casting. Explore tricks and techniques to make extra components for the mold out of easily accessible materials, and how you can make both a vase and light shade out of the same mold. Finish up by attaching the “casting wheels” in preparation for the first casting!

Get a walkthrough of the casting process from start to finish. Learn how to mix and pour cement into your mold. Once the cement has dried, see how to remove the mold and sand the edges. Add the final touches to your work by sealing it or turning it into a pendant light shade. To finish the course, Phil shares extra tips when it comes to common casting challenges or other pattern ideas.

Materials Needed

No previous experience is necessary. Phil walks you through the entire process of creating 3D objects through casting.

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