The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, it’s time to get back in the studio and take a class with us!
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!
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
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.
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!
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?
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?
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
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.
Join us for our next session on May 22 through June 26
Interested in learning about Wax Carving? Check out these upcoming classes:
Wednesdays 6-9pm | $450 wax materials included | Register Now!
Mar 12 – Apr 23 | Wednesdays 6-9pm | Register Now!