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Jewelry Classes – Check out our Fall+Winter Course Catalogue!

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, it’s time to get back in the studio and take a class with us!

Make your own Holiday gifts this year in one of our 6-week classes like Intro to Silversmithing , or Intro to Wax Carving

FALL+WINTER 2016 COURSE CATALOG

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Class Spotlight! The Amazing World of Wax Carving

Spring classes are starting soon!  Intro to Wax Carving is a fantastic class to get your feet wet in this versatile medium!

You may ask What is Wax Carving?

Well, the art of wax carving dates back all the way to 3500 BCE!  Probably even earlier!  Ancient civilizations used the beeswax that had been leftover from harvesting honey to sculpt interesting forms, mostly depictions of animals and gods.  Today we have many different types of jewelers carving wax, each kind having its own special properties.  Carving wax is a wonderful technique for creating jewelry. Intricate details can be created in wax that you can’t achieve in metal. We are essentially making mini-sculptures, using  additive and / or subtractive techniques.

In this 6-week class we explore how to build up wax, carve and file it 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.  You’ll start off by making a ring for the first project and then a pendant for the second.  Students are encouraged to explore the wax as a medium as well as be challenged as designers by the instructor.   You can design, experiment, play, and create with the inexpensive wax until you get your piece just right.

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!

for all the class details check it out here!

Mar 23rd – May 4th  (no class 3/30) | $450 | Wednesdays| 6-9pm | wax included + tool list | Register Now!

here’s a fun slide show of our last classes finished projects, get inspired!

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#benchtiptuesday – How to Carve Small Ring Sizes in Wax

A common question we get in the studio is how to size a wax ring for very small sizes. Most ring blanks come in a size 5 – so that pinky ring you’ve always wanted to make will require just a few more steps than your average ring.

How to Carve Small Ring Sizes in Wax

Suggested tools

Suggested tools

1. Starting with a solid wax tube in the color of your preference, cut out a ring blank to your desired width and evenly file the sides.

1. Starting with a solid wax tube in the color of your preference, cut out a ring blank to your desired width and evenly file the sides.

2. Measure the width of your ring blank.

2. Measure the width of your ring blank.

3. Figure out the middle point by dividing the diameter by two and marking that point with a scribe.

3. Figure out the middle point by dividing the width, or diameter, by two and marking that point with a scribe.

4. Make a bulls eye

4. Make a bulls eye

5. Using a drill bit and your flex shaft, drill a hole where the lines intersect (don't forget your safety glasses when operating your hand drill or flex shaft!).

5. Using a drill bit and your flex shaft, drill a hole where the lines intersect (don’t forget your safety glasses when operating your hand drill or flex shaft!).

After drilling.

After drilling.

6. Widen the hole using a wax bur.

6. Widen the hole using a wax bur.

I like to do this holding the flex shaft perpendicular to the wax blank. Always hold onto your piece while drilling.

I like to do this holding the flex shaft perpendicular to the wax blank. Always hold onto your piece while drilling.

7. Continue to widen the hole more with the same wax bur, or a cylinder bur.

7. Continue to widen the hole more with the same wax bur, or a cylinder bur.

I like to make small and gentle circles on the inside of the hole with the bur to slowly widen it.

I like to make small and gentle circles on the inside of the hole with the bur to slowly open it up.

8. Using a ring mandrel, continuously check your work while opening up the size. Make sure to push the piece gently down the mandrel to ensure accurate sizing.

8. Using a ring mandrel, continuously check your work while opening up the inside. Make sure to push the piece gently down the mandrel to ensure accurate sizing.

Et Voila! A size 2 ring for a pinky ring or otherwise teeny tiny hands! Learn more wax carving techniques in our in 6 week wax class listed here.

 

Student Spotlight: Susan Alexandra

When did you first start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry when I was like…9. But my first proper metal working class was in 2012. And as Drake says, nothing was the same…

What class did you take at Liloveve?

I took the wax carving class with Emilie!

Baby Hold on Ring | ring created in Wax Carving I class

Baby Hold on Ring | ring created in Wax Carving I class

Fortune Teller Necklace | pendant created in Wax Carving I class

Fortune Teller Necklace | pendant created in Wax Carving I class

Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

My inspiration is a mix of things that have shaped my aesthetic. Paintings by Frida Kahlo and Jan Bruegel, floral print scarves from Oilily, the gardens of Marie Antoinette and Instragram. I am also very influenced by my current emotional and mental state. A lot of my jewelry is meant to be saviors in the midst of chaos. 

Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

I sell through my site www.susanalexandra.com, retailers in the United States and Japan.

Have you been featured in any press?

Elle.com, March 2014

Elle.com, March 2014

Nylon Magazine, April 2014

Nylon Magazine, April 2014

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

Eye See Bracelet

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Paris in the 1920’s, England in Medieval times where I was a princess in a castle, current times to Columbus, Oh to eat tuna noodle casserole made by my mama.

If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

Rihanna or Frida Kahlo. Or my brilliant best friend and artist Matthew Sabato of Measuring the Marigold.

What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

Working for myself! Creating what is purely my thoughts and feelings. Creating in general!

Where can we see your work?

OR my instragram, susan_alexandra

Check out Susan’s work on her website or follow her in instagram.

Wax Carved Pendants

We just finished our last session of Wax Carving I – it’s always incredible to see the progress and growth of everyone’s work in just 6 weeks. Here are a few pendants from our the second project. Take a look at the rings they created in the first project here. 

Jon Pendant Cortney Pendant

 

Join us for our next session on May 22 through June 26

Recent work from our wax carving class

We just finished an amazing session of Wax Carving I – I’m always blown away by what the students create in just 6 weeks! Take a look at some fo their projects below….Ashley ringAdnellt ringJamie heart ringJenny ringMichelle ringmichelle ring 2kelly ringNatalie pendantMichelle pendantsonia wax pendant

Interested in learning about Wax Carving? Check out these upcoming classes:

Wax Carving I 

Wednesdays 6-9pm | $450 wax materials includedRegister Now!

Intermediate Hinged Lockets + Bracelets: creating in wax + silver

Mar 12 – Apr 23 | Wednesdays 6-9pm | Register Now!

 

Recent Student Work

Here’s a few student pieces from our 6-week classes that just ended. It always amazing me how quickly the classes go by. And I’m always, always blown away by the creativity of our students and their eagerness to learn. Take a look….

 

Steel Class

Steel Class

 

Steel Class

Steel Class

 

Intro to Silversmithing

Intro to Silversmithing

 

Intro to Silversmithing

Intro to Silversmithing

 

Wax Carving I

Wax Carving I

 

Wax Carving I - work in progress

Wax Carving I – work in progress

 

Wax Carving I

Wax Carving I