Wax Carving for Jewellery
What you will learn
Learn how to cut, carve and heat form wax to create your own unique piece of jewellery. Your wax will be cast off-site in silver or bronze and returned for finishing and polishing. Cost of casting not included. Suitable for all levels.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Cut, carve and heat form wax confidently
- Develop your own designs in wax to be cast in silver
- Finish, clean and polish your cast piece of jewellery
- Understand the wax carving and casting process
Class format and activities
Wax-carving is like sculpture for jewellery. This is a practical class and you will learn:-
Several ways to transfer a design onto wax.
Which tools to use for wax-carving and how to make carving tools to suit your own individual needs.
The uses of different types of wax
An overview of the casting process. How to carve a 3D design in wax, how to repair it if it breaks and how to make alterations to a carving.
How to finish the carving to a smooth finish in preparation for casting.
Finally how to finish the cast item.
Each stage of the process will be demonstrated both to the group and to individuals as appropriate.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, and is also suitable for students with experience of metalwork and jewellery making who are keen to develop and to extend their skills. Curiosity and readiness to experiment with tools and materials which may be unfamiliar and challenging to you are an advantage!
What you need to know before you enrol
Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You may be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
Please note, the casting of your wax will be done off site and there will be an additional cost for this process which the tutor will advise you on. This cost is dependent on the size of your wax carvings, whether you want to cast in silver or bronze and how many pieces you want to cast. An average cost is around £15.
What you will need for your class
All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. It would also be helpful to bring:
• An apron, a fine cd black marker pen, pencil, paper/ sketchbook for drawing on
• I'll provide simple designs/exercises, but if anyone would like to do something more individual I suggest bringing a design or picture(s) of sculpture. Although I'd like to emphasize that students should be realistic, given the time. I can turn you into Henry Moore in a couple of hours. Rodin or Michaelangelo will take a lot longer and Antonio Canova could take a lifetime (I'm still working on it).
• It is not appropriate to wear high heeled shoes or open toed sandals to class. Your shoes should cover your feet in order to provide some protection in the workshop.
•NOTE: The casting of your wax will be done off site and there will be an additional cost for this process which the tutor will advise you on.
What you can do next
Morley offers Jewellery classes day, evening and weekends for students at all levels of experience. Additionally, specialised short courses are provided which focus on specific skills and techniques. If you have enjoyed this course you may want to develop your jewellery making skills on our certificate courses VJE069A Jewellery Certificate Level 1 or VJE070A Jewellery Certificate Level 2.