Intro to Wax Carving

Liloveve Fall 2014 Course Catalog at a glance

Sept 11 – Oct 23 (no class Sept 24) | $450 | Thursdays | 6-9pm | wax included, + tool list

Nov 4 – Dec 16 (no class Nov 28)  | $450 | Tuesdays | 6-9pm | wax included, + tool list | Register Now!

Jan 14 – Feb 18 | $450 | Wednesdays | 6-9pm | wax included, + tool list | Register Now!

Carving wax is a wonderful technique for creating jewelry. Intricate details can be created in wax that you can’t achieve in metal. We use special jeweler’s  wax to make what are essentially mini-sculptures, using  additive and / or subtractive techniques.  This means either building up wax, or carving and filing away at it to reveal a design.  Wax is extremely forgiving & versatile and can be used to make rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings or any other small object.

We will discuss the different options for making molds to create multiples of your pieces. Rich textural surfaces and fluid, curving shapes can be created in wax material that can then be cast into a variety of metals to create a finished product. This class will explore a wide range of sculptural shapes, surface textures, and hollow forms. Wax carving techniques using both hand tools and the flex shaft will be introduced for carving small objects and jewelry.

We will create two projects in this class – a ring and a pendant. Students are encouraged to explore the wax as a medium as well as be challenged as designers by the instructor. Basic knowledge of the casting process will be covered – during the course students will have the opportunity to have cast at least one of their pieces in metal, and learn how to bring the cast piece to a desired finish.

We include a tour of the jewelry district and a complete list of trade references and supplier resources to provide the new student with a full introduction to the jewelry industry. Small class sizes are perfect for both beginners or those looking to refresh their wax carving skills. You don’t need any jewelry knowledge to take this class – absolute beginners welcome!

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with instructor Emilie Shapiro