Modelling, casting and other techniques

Mould-making and casting with Richard Balman

Ref: SLW09504

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About this course

Learn fundamental skills of how to mould, cast and finish a form in bronze resin using the two-part mould method.

Course Description

On this course you will learn the fundamental skills of how to mould, cast and finish a small sculpture in bronze resin. Your casting object can either be a small form of your own, or you can select one of the tutor's samples (a torso or portrait).

The tutor begins by introducing the different types of mould-making. You are then guided step by step through the process of making a two part mould and taking a cast in bronze resin. A two part mould allows you to cast objects that are more complex than from a single mould, with undercuts and curves. Once cast, you will learn how to file off the pips and rub back with wire wool to bring out a metal shine. You will learn about the variety of techniques and effects possible, and then finish your cast with pigment as required.

The tutor will demonstrate each stage of the process, and provide you with one-to-one support throughout. At the end of the course you will have completed your mould and cast as well as gained an understanding of the techniques to achieve this. You will have the knowledge and skills to continue casting from home, and ideas to feed your inspiration.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Jesmonite liquid, Jesmonite matting, Jesmonite powder
  • Bronze powder, Metal powders
  • Silicone rubber
  • Catalyst
  • Gel coat resin, General purpose resin
  • Body filler
  • Masks
  • Pigment

What students need to bring

  • If you have an object you would like to consider casting please bring it with you. Objects should be up to 35cm x 17cm, and be solid (no hollows or gaps). The tutor will also bring suitable forms to cast from (a small sculpture of a torso).
  • Protective clothing - aprons

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will have some additional materials for students to purchase if they wish to continue casting at home.

The course is held in the sculpture courtyard which is behind the Forge. It is open to the elements on one side so bring some warm clothing. It is a short walk from the main house. It can be driven to and there is parking available. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be available at the Old Dairy but lunch is back at the house. If you have any questions please contact


Richard Balman

Richard Balman studied at Somerset College of Arts and Technology receiving a first Diploma in Art and Design, a National Diploma in Fine Art, then finally a BA Hons degree in Fine art. When he left Somerset College of Arts and Technology he went and served a 2 year aprentiship with sculptor Ian Edwards mould making and bronze resin casting. He is now running his own mould making and casting business for sculptors across the country and overseas.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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