Foundry Classes

Lawler Foundry Classes are project specific, affordable, and enjoyable metal casting classes designed for novice level students. No experience necessary. Fun for Adults and Kids! Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Students with some prior experience will also enjoy these classes. Tools and materials are provided.

Casting involves pouring liquid metal into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowing it to cool and solidify. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is broken out of the mold. Metals used in the Lawler Foundry are primarily aluminum, bronze and iron.

We use two different types of sand molds - oil bonded and resin bonded. Oil Bonded Sandis a mixture of a super fine grade of sand mixed with petro-bond clay and oil. The idea is that every grain of sand is surrounded by clay and oil giving the mixture strength. This sand gets fantastic detail and is reusable. Resin Bonded Sand is a mixture of a super fine grade of sand mixed with a 2 or 3 part chemical that binds the sand together and becomes hard. The benefit of this sand is its strength, its ability to with stand high temperatures however for small foundries and hobbyist it is not reusable.

"Supporting Friend" members and above receive a 10% off class tuition. Call before you order to retrieve your Member Discount Code.

Requirements: Students must wear all cotton clothing, long pants, long sleeves, and closed toed leather shoes, as well as wear OSHA approved safety goggles and work gloves. For more information contact Lori Gipson.

Classes are categorized as:

  • All Ages – Kid Friendly
  • Beginner – no previous experience required
  • Beginner Plus – a one-day class is required before venturing into a two-day class 15+ - Ages 15-17 are required to take a one-day class before taking a two-day class
  • Advanced Beginner – a previous class is required
  • Intermediate – some experience or working knowledge
  • Advanced – prerequisite of other Metal Museum classes or equivalent

Class Cancellation Policy

To receive class credit or a refund, you must notify the Museum that you will not be attending the class no less than two weeks prior the class. A 5% cancellation fee will be charged for all refunds. A refund will not be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the class. Class credit for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the class may be issued at the discretion of the Museum in special circumstances such as inclement weather that prevents travel to the Museum.

If the class is cancelled by the Metal Museum, the student may either transfer to another class of equal value or receive a full refund.



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