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6 - 100 Guest(s)
Come join us and make an individualized family heirloom!In a couple of hours, we will help you create a 3D Hydrocal (cast gypsum stone) direct copy of one of your hands and/or one of your child’s hands. You will be amazed when you see your hand replicated in near perfect fingerprint detail. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a cast stone duplicate of your hand/s ready for display! 3D hand casting is a great way to capture the early years of your child’s quickly changing physiognomy.
About the process:
As long as your child can sit relatively still at a table for 10-12 minutes or so, they are a good candidate for the experience. For the hand casting process, we use a seaweed based alginate dental material that is safe for skin contact. (It will feel like cool pudding being poured over your hand.) We will do most of the work for you, but at the same time, you will see how to do it yourself for future castings. Come join us, bring your camera and see your kids eyes get big with amazement as they hold a hyper realistic 3D copy of their own hand!
Children ages 5 -11 (Saturday July 16th)
Children ages 12 -18 (Saturday July 30th)
10:30am – 1:30pm
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Chicago School of Mold Making
Michael Joy, author of Confectionery Art Casting; Silicone Mold Making for the Pastry Chef, is a master mold maker and sculptor. Upon graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, his skills quickly evolved when he founded a sculptural fabrication studio where he undertook a wide variety of commercial projects. Recognized for his commitment to superior craftsmanship, Michael’s commissioned works range from monument restoration to modifying the master model of the Oscar statuette for the Academy of Motion Pictures.
Over the past 25 years, Michael has accumulated a wealth of technical skills encompassing several industries. He is proficient in a wide range of industrial mold making techniques, including those used for casting in clay (ceramic), resin, bronze, ornamental plaster for applications in architectural restoration, photographic models/props, museum work, confectionery and other food-related mediums. Most recently, Michael’s skills have been applied in medicine, dental work, other industrial sciences as well as food-contact safe mold making.
Michael is also the co-founder of Pastry Live, an annual national pastry competition held in Atlanta each summer. Additionally, Michael is a collaborator and host to the three-time Emmy award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition. He has been featured on the cover of Pastry Art and Design, had his work profiled in the New York Times, has appeared on the Food Network and was recently featured in Crain’s Business Journal . Michael has been honored as the 143rd Distinguished Visiting Chef at two of Johnson & Wales University campuses (Rhode Island & Charlotte, NC) .