Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting - Melbourne

2 Day - Beginner Workshop

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Rest in Pieces invites you to attend an introductory, two-day, hands-on workshop where

you will learn the scientific process of corrosion casting.

Scientist, Gavin Burland, will share some of his extensive knowledge gained over more than

15 years working with plastination techniques, museum preparation techniques, anatomical

embalming and dissection.

Gavin is currently the Manager of Technical Operations at the Sydney School of Veterinary

Science (University of Sydney) and President of the Australasian Institute of Anatomical

Sciences (www.aias.net.au)

The workshop will run from 1:00pm - 9:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am - 6:00pm on


You don’t need to have any previous corrosion casting experience to take part in this

workshop. Gavin will teach you basic sheep pluck anatomy while guiding you through the

correct process of preparing, injecting, macerating and installing your specimen.

Throughout day one, you will learn how to identify the anatomy, prepare the specimen and

inject the heart with resin. Gavin will end the day with an informative seminar on the history

of corrosion casting and the process of chemical maceration. 

On day two, you will clean and prepare your own pre-macerated specimen, ready for

mounting. You will end the day by learning the basics of installation. 

At the end of the weekend, 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. 

Everything will be supplied including your sheep pluck, tools and materials, an apron, dinner

(Sat), light lunch (Sun) and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so that you

can sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend. (Note, alcoholic beverages are only available for

students 18+)

Feeling inspired and want to continue working on your new corrosion casting skills once you

get home? 

When you register for the workshop you can book a ticket with one of two options; 

Your partial take home kit contains:

● A frozen sheep pluck to work on at home

● A complete set of the same tools and materials used in the workshop for corrosion


● A set of instructions so you can follow the same process used in the workshop

Your full take home kit contains:

● All the above, plus the tools and materials needed to display your heart in a glass


● A glass dome

We also have other merchandise available to complement your take home kit such as tote

bags and RIP aprons.

To make life easier, you have the option to choose instalment billing at checkout. We

recommend booking early so your payments are spread out.

Please note:

● If you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have

checked-in luggage as the sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage. We can

advise you of the dimensions of the take home kits a week before the course. 

● Make sure to let us know about any dietary requirements when you register.

● Unfortunately, our studio is not fully accessible for wheelchair users. Do you have

other accessibility requirements? Please contact us before you register for any of our

workshops to make sure we can make the necessary adjustments to give you a great


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What you will learn
  • The anatomy of a sheep pluck (your specimen) and how to prepare your specimen and inject resin
  • The history of corrosion casting and the chemical process used to macerate the specimen
  • How to clean your macerated specimen and display your completed corrosion heart in a glass dome
What you will get
  • Your own specimen to work on
  • All the tools and materials required for the workshop
  • A glass dome to protect your new creation
  • Food and beverages

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

Dress in layers to suit a Warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 16 with a curious mind and love of science, animals or art.

Refund Policy

If you have purchased an item from us and it arrives damaged we will need photo evidence and the item returned. 

We will then refund you or ship you out a replacement. 

If you have booked a workshop ticket we understand that sometimes you just can't make a class. The best thing to do is to
contact us as soon as you can to let us know. If you give us 2 weeks notice, we can
offer to transfer you to the next scheduled class. This will incur a $10 admin fee.

If you need to cancel, with two weeks notice or more we will refund the full price of the
workshop, minus $50 booking fee, less than two weeks and we will refund 50% minus
$50 booking fee.

Unfortunately we wont be able to offer refunds for cancellations or transfers received
last minute - the day before the workshop or on the day of the workshop.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Rest in Pieces or organised by Rest in Pieces must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Rest in Pieces.


I agree to give Rest in Pieces unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Rest in Pieces classes and events or on Rest in Pieces's premises. (For use of Rest in Pieces marketing materials).


See refund section


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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23 February 2021 • Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting - Melbourne

The most fantastic experience. From the moment you walk in your greeted with a smile as your eyes dart around the workshop at truly beautiful pieces as your directed up stairs for a beverage and a hello to other people taking the class which makes it easier to relax knowing we all share the same interest. Once the workshop starts everything is broken down and even though you’ve never done it before you feel confident as your taken through step by step in all the processes. You don’t feel uncomfortable asking questions as the instructors are dedicated and passionate people that are willing to assist you. You’re not left behind needing to catch up as your all moving together at the same pace. You’re encouraged to take photos at anytime. Drinks were provided throughout the day and made fun with the addition of a bell. Dinner was better than you expected with a chef brought in who was happy to meet any dietary concerns. At the end of the day you weren’t rushed out but able too sit down and enjoy a drink and a chat. On day two you’re taken through the process that’s required when you’re working at home as it’s sped along with the assistance of technology in the workshop. Regardless you’re still able too understand as again it’s being explained in great detail ,so much so that you feel confident about taking home a full kit to recreate what you’ve just done over the two days. It’s a fantastic skill you’ve just learnt. If not you still walk out with your own work of art. The take home kit really has absolutely everything in there that you used over the days which is truly worth it because you do just want to do it again. You also have the opportunity to buy anything that’s on sale along with the kit if you didn’t preorder one with an eftpos machine on hand. My expectations were blown away and I would highly recommend this or any workshop with Rest in Pieces as it’s designed for people at all stages of learning regardless of what skills you have prior to coming in.


22 February 2021 • Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting - Melbourne

Fantastic class! Incredibly well run, relaxed and fun. Thanks so much for a great weekend.


22 February 2021 • Sheep Heart Corrosion Casting - Melbourne

Taught at a self paced, layperson easy to understand and follow. Great mix of people in the class, and Gavain and NAt were so engaging and welcoming, making everyone feel at ease very quickly. The catering was amazing, the drinks offered and kept coming all with a little ring of the bubbly bell!! Thoroughly enjoyable and so rewarding to come home with a treasure

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