Tuesday eves | May 10 – June 14 | 6 – 9 pm | $450 + tool list Register now!
In this Intermediate level jewelry making class we will explore designing and creating using a combination of wax carving and direct fabrication techniques to create a piece of jewelry.
We will look at how some designs are better realized when made in two parts, starting in wax which will be cast into metal, and then soldered together or additional embellishments added in the metal to complete the design.
One example of this process would be a ring shank and a setting, cast separately, and then joined by soldering together.
Some prior experience with both soldering and wax carving requested. This Combo is a new course offering, please see our WAX II description below which is a different course curriculum.
WAX II – Students will create either a ring or a pendant of their own design, creating a setting for a cabochon gemstone in the wax model. Various carving techniques will be covered, delving deeper into design transfer, layout, carving, and build-up. We will look at both bezel and prong styles of setting as an option. We will discuss gemstones on the first day of class, and students can then purchase and bring a gemstone of their choice that fits the parameters of the project.
We will learn about different types of wax, types of molds available for replication of designs, and how to determine weights and costs in different materials. Students will have the opportunity to price the cost of their model in their choice of metal, before it is sent for casting – cost of casting is additional.
We will cover complete casting clean up, and setting of the gem for a finished piece.
Prior wax carving and Silversmithing experience – our Intro to Wax course is highly recommended.