In this workshop, you’ll learn the art of silver jewellery making using the wax casting method. Learn the processes of carving, preparing waxes to be cast in metal and utilising found materials, through to cleaning and polishing your own ring to take home with you.
Suitable for absolute beginners, the class is small and limited to 6 students, so you get the attention you deserve.
Learn the skills to create a ring of your own design using a variety of wax working techniques, including carving and forming. These will then be cast by a commercial caster in a metal of your choice. On the second day, learn to clean and polish the cast jewellery. Please note that the course cost does not include the casting fee (approx. $20-$70 for a large ring, including metal, prices will vary according to the weight of the wax object. Please bring $25 with you on day 1).
Course content :
First week – Learn to carve and prepare waxes to be cast in metal – Transfer of design onto wax and carve out the design – Learn how to finish your wax to get a clean casting – Experiment with other types of wax, mouldable and sheet At the end of the first lesson, your wax jewellery will be weighed to identify the cost of the metal it is to be cast in. You can choose from sterling silver, brass, bronze etc). Costs vary. Expect to spend between $20 and $70 on casting, depending on how chunky the ring is and the metal type chosen. * Please note that the cost of casting is additional to the course costs.
Second week – Receive your metal rings back from the casters – Learn to clean, file and polish your ring to the finish you desire.
Day 1 (10-1pm) – learn the skills to carve jewellery in wax (3 hrs)
Day 2 (10 – 12pm) –learn to clean and polish your sterling silver cast jewellery (2 hrs)
Ages 14 and up
Cost $150 plus casting fee