Carve Your own Silver Ring – Wax Workshop

Beginner to Advanced

In this two-day jewellery making workshop students will be introduced to a variety of wax working techniques, including carving and mouldable wax forming.

On day one, students will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of wax and make two wax rings that will be cast by a commercial caster. On day two, students will clean up the castings and also learn additional tips and tricks for making wax models.

This is an in-depth jewellery making workshop, designed to provide you with a new skill and a unique piece to call your own.

Course Skill Level:

Perfect for those with jewellery experience and those starting out on their jewellery making journey.


course details

  • $320.00 inc GST
  • 2 consecutive Saturdays
  • Saturday, 10am to 4pm


I've done jewellery making courses elsewhere where we seem to only skim the surface, but this was right to the practical detail from the start and I left feeling confident to be able to work further on my own at home.

— Kim, Happy Student


ABOUT THE COURSE

The Wax Carving and Casting Workshop is an intensive two-day jewellery making course during which students will learn about the process of lost wax casting and experiment with a variety of wax working techniques. Students will make two wax rings (or another piece after discussion with the tutor). Students will be guided through a technical project as well as an experimental project.

Best of all, the course allows plenty of time for experimentation. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and techniques you need to continue to develop your practice at home.

What is lost wax casting?

Lost wax carving is a traditional technique used in jewellery making and sculpture. A model is carved or shaped in wax and is then cast. To do this the wax model is ‘sprued’ to a wax tree, put into a special container and then filled with investment plaster. Once dry the investment plaster containing the wax model is put in a kiln, and the waxes are ‘burnt out’, leaving the space in the plaster where the model used to be. Molten metal is then injected into the space at high pressure and then allowed to cool. The plaster is then broken up to reveal the metal piece, which will then be cleaned and finished.

What You'll Learn

Guided technical project

Students will learn how to carve jewellery wax to make a ring to size. Students will learn to how to measure, mark up and make a carved wax ring. Students will learn technical terms, tools used and what they do. They will gain a good base understanding of tools and materials needed to continue working with wax. The techniques learnt here are ones that can be used at home to make wax models for jewellery.

Experimental project

Students will be introduced to other types of waxes including mouldable wax and sheet wax. Students can make a ring using these processes or a second carved wax piece.

What You'll Make

We take the waxes to our casters to be cast and you can choose from a variety of metals (eg sterling silver, brass, bronze etc) The cost of your ring depends on it’s weight and the cost of the metal you choose on the day its cast. Students usually spend between $30 and $70 on casting, but this is dependent on how chunky it is and what metal is selected.


Practicalities

What's included

All wax materials for experimentation and for the wax rings

The use of all tools and consumables

Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits for morning and afternoon tea

We take your wax rings to the casters in time for the second class. We will weigh your rings and let you know an approximate price for each piece, depending on the metal selected

What you need to bring

A notebook and pen/pencil

An apron

Covered shoes

Cash for the casting (usually $20 – $70 per piece dependent on metal and weight)

Your ideas and creativity!

Safety

We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg. All students must wear proper enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs), long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back. We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

Our Tutors

Why choose a jewellery making course at SquarePeg Studios?

Our courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are practising contemporary jewellers. This is the closest to an accredited course – without the assignments, stress and cost – that Sydney has to offer. Students not only gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own piece of jewellery they also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at a contemporary professional jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design.

Meet your tutor

Diane Appleby completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. She has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW. Diane’s catalogue of work encompasses collections for exhibition and collaborations with clients on individual pieces. “My jewellery is designed to not only catch the eye, but to also feel delightful to wear. I like to play with colour, form and texture. I choose materials for their unique character, such as stones for their luminosity, metals to encapsulate strength, and silks for their sheen and rippling texture. I enjoy creating pieces with a precious presence. “At the heart of every design is an inspiration, whether I am creating a collection for an exhibition or working with a client to create a uniquely personal piece. I find the satisfaction of bringing a concept to life from a few simple sketches to a finished form extremely exciting.”  


I LOVED the wax course today. It was a really great atmosphere and the tutor was wonderful!

— Peta, Happy Student


Carve Your own Silver Ring – Wax Workshop

  • $320.00 inc GST
  • Saturday 28 and 4 November (2 day course)
  • Saturday, 10am to 4pm

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