Wax Working for Jewelers

  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • 6 Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm (No class May 20)
  • Class Fee: $390

The ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but it is also used to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. In this comprehensive workshop, you will learn the fundamentals and some useful tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting. Students will be introduced to the casting process and explore a variety wax types and techniques in order understand how to prepare ideal waxes for casting. Projects will include pendants, rings, and charms. The finished waxes will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.  No experience necessary; returning students are welcome. Basic materials included.

  • No experience necessary; returning students are welcome.
Materials Included:
  • -Carving and forming wax
    -The use of wax saw blades and carving tools
    -20 grams sterling silver for final castings
    -1oz Bronze for final casting
    -If students want to exceed the 20 gram sterling allotment, additional material cost will be calculated based on current metal prices at the time of class. The additional fee will be based on the combined weight of the final products as well as any additional flask fees incurred.
Students May Bring:
  • -Project design ideas
    -Additional magnification (available in studio store)
    -Stone to incorporate into projects if you have stone setting experience
    -Hot wax pen
    -Dental tools
    -xacto knife or carving tools