Carve a Silver Ring – Wax Carving and Casting Workshop

Learn Wax Carving for Jewellery at SquarePeg Studios Marrickville

In the Carve a Silver Ring jewellery making workshop students are introduced to the ancient art of lost wax carving and finish the workshop with a polished sterling silver ring.

Students experiment with a variety of wax working techniques and ultimately create a ring model in the wax that will be cast in metal, usually sterling silver. Students learn how to finish the casting and polish it ready to wear.

Whether you have never made jewellery before or you are a seasoned jeweller wishing to add to your repertoire, this fun moderately paced workshop is designed to provide you with new skills and a unique piece of jewellery created by you.

At A Glance

  • $425 inc GST
  • Two Day Workshop over Two Weekends | Two Saturdays or Two Sundays
  • Saturday or Sunday | 10 am to 4 pm. *Bring a Buddy tickets $395*
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Wonderful class. Emily was a great teacher. We went through the basics of wax carving followed by demonstrations of the steps. Emily then looked at your individual design and advised the best way to achieve your outcome. It was a small class so you had a lot of one on one time (if you wanted to) and you can experiment with a range of different wax products. It was a really fun class and the other students were very friendly and helpful. 10/10 would recommend!

Crystal C, Recent 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, experiment with a variety of wax working techniques, model a wax ring (or another piece after discussion with the tutor) and finish the metal casting of their project. Students will be guided through technical as well as experimental techniques.

On day one, students will be guided through the technical project and have the opportunity to experiment with different types of wax and make a wax model that will be cast by a commercial caster.

On day two students will learn how to clean up their cast ring, how to remove the sprue, emery and polish it ready to wear.  Students will also learn additional tips and tricks for making wax models.

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 and be ready to progress to the Wax Carving for Jewels | Stone Setting Workshop.

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 To Expect

What You Learn

Students will learn how to carve jewellery wax to make a model of a jewellery piece, most likely a ring and how to finish the cast piece

  • how to measure, mark up and make a carved wax ring model
  • technical terms
  • good understanding of the tools and materials needed to continue working with wax
  • how to remove a sprue, file, emery and polish the metal casting finished ready to wear
  • techniques learnt here are ones that can be used at home to make wax models for jewellery

What You Make

Students will make a ring design (or similar scale project in consultation with the tutor) as their first project. We encourage students to choose the ring project as it is an opportunity to learn accurate measuring and how to apply that to the wax model.

Class Size

To ensure an excellent experience for our students we cap this class at 10

Practicalities

What is Included

  • All wax materials for experimentation and for the wax ring model.
  • All tools and consumables such as saw blades, emery and patina.
  • Delivery and collection of the wax models to and from the casting house.
  • Coordination of the pieces to be cast in time for the second class.
  • Your tutor will weigh your pieces during class and let you know an approximate price for each piece, this is dependent on the metal selected.
  • A selection of teas, coffee and yummy biscuits for morning and afternoon tea.

What to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • Magnifying glasses or a jeweller loupe if required
  • Cash for the casting (usually $20 – $70 per piece dependent on metal and weight)
  • The cost of your piece will depend on the size of your model and its weight and the price of your choice of metal on the day it is cast. Your tutor will advise you on all matters relating to this process.
  • Students usually spend between $20 and $70 on casting, this is dependent on the scale of the ring design and what metal is selected.
  • Your ideas and creativity!

Safety

  • We take safety seriously at SquarePeg.
  • All students must wear 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.

Payment Options

  • Enrol below – you can secure your place on the spot!
  • Enrol early and take advantage of our payment by instalments option to spread the payments out over three payments. This option is offered at check out.
  • 40% deposit followed by a 30%  payment six weeks out from your course, and the final 30% payment three weeks ahead of the course start date.

Is the date you want sold out?

Please send us an email to register your interest and to go on a waitlist. mail@squarepegstudios.com.au

This is my second workshop at Square Peg Studios. I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot about wax carving from Emily. She is an experienced jeweller/designer and very knowledgeable. This workshop is highly recommended!

Nurli, 2021

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.

Emily Copp smiling at camera whilst seatedat jewellers bench with an alight jewellers torch

Emily Copp

Emily is a Sydney based contemporary jeweller who works with diverse materials and technologies such as 3D printing alongside traditional silversmithing. Her practice spans jewellery and object design. She has presented work in many group shows, as well as exhibiting solo. Emily earned her Advanced Diploma in Jewellery & Object Design at The Design Centre Enmore (2014). Emily is a resident artist at SquarePeg Studios and teaches various classes in the studio's classroom. In 2017 Emily became a Director at SquarePeg.

Emily also spends a few days a week as a sessional lecturer and technical officer at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus in the Jewellery, Metal & Wood workshops.

“I love the alchemy of transforming ideas into materialised design through the varied efforts and explorations of making.”
'Boundless' ring in 18 karat white gold and Australian Sapphire by Emily Copp

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