Rest in Pieces - Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting

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Rest in Pieces is excited to announce that Gavin Burland the Manager of Technical Operations at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science has joined the team.  

Together we will be launching Australia's first 2-day beginner Corrosion Casting Workshop.

The workshop will run from 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am - 6:00pm on Sunday. 

Throughout Day 1 you will get hands on and learn how to prepare and identify the anatomy, tie off and resin inject a sheep's heart. You will also attend an informative seminar on the history of corrosion casting and learn how to chemically macerate your specimen. 

On day 2 you will prepare your own pre-macerated specimen for mounting and will learn the basics of installation. 

At the end of the workshop you will walk away with a deeper knowledge of this fascinating scientific process and your very own gorgeous corrosion cast heart in a glass dome. 

You will also have the option of purchasing a take home kit to practice your newly acquired skills in your own time.

As usual, the RIP team will take care of everything for you. All necessary tools along with your specimen, dome, apron, snacks, drinks, lunch and even wine will be provided throughout.

No prior Plastination or Corrosion Casting skills are necessary. 

Would you like to book a take home kit?

We have 2 take home kit options listed. Each kit includes: 

- Frozen pluck (specimen) 

- The tools and chemicals for either all of the corrosion casting OR corrosion casting and installation into a glass dome (Please refer to the ticket type for details) 

- The full list of instructions of the 2 day workshop 

If you are flying from interstate and have bought the full take home kit you will need to have checked in luggage. 

We will also be able to advise you of the dimensions of the take home kits in the week prior to the course. 

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What you will learn
  • Techniques and processes for the preparation of your specimen, tying off and injecting the arteries
  • How to chemically macerate your pluck (specimen)
  • How to clean your macerated specimen for mounting into a gorgeous glass dome
What you will get
  • Your own specimen to work on (of course your mounted corrosion cast is yours to take home at the end of the workshop!)
  • All the tools required for the workshop
  • Dinner, light Lunch, snacks, refreshments and wine
  • A glass dome to protect your new creation

What to bring
  • Camera or camera phone
  • A strong tummy
What to wear

Dress in layers to suit a Melbourne Warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Anyone with a curious mind

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09 June 2019 • Rest in Pieces - Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting

What fabulous, weird and wonderful workshop!! I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days that we spent at Rest in Pieces in Melbourne. I found it pitched at the right level, catering for all backgrounds, whether scientific or not. Nat is a beautiful soul, outside and in and by the end of the 2 days i feel like I’ve known her forever. Gavin was great and very knowledgeable teacher. I met so many fascinating people and came away with a piece of art that i will cherish always. My 3 year old son wants to come with me next time!! Thanks again :)


09 June 2019 • Rest in Pieces - Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting

I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop and can't stop telling people about how much I learnt and how much fun I had! Gavin led the group through the process of identifying basic structures of the heart, injecting the arteries, macerating the specimen, and cleaning it up for mounting with infectious enthusiasm, expertise, and a great deal of patience. Nat and her team also bring such fun and personality to the space - I instantly felt welcome and met a bunch of really interesting people too. The course is appropriately pitched for people with and without anatomical knowledge and I am so satisfied with the beautiful specimen I now have at home.


04 June 2019 • Rest in Pieces - Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting

This corrosion casting workshop was amazing. A step by step detailed workshop that left me with the confidence and tools to do this technique on my own. Gavin is a great teacher and made everything very easy to understand. Definitely recommend this workshop to all!