When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Russell Lownsbrough
  • Course Code W22JWYA25C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Explore the vast range of ring design possibilities afforded by waxcarving in this course concentrating specifically on rings. Students may bring their own ideas or explore the two set projects with an award-winning master craftsman. The two set projects are the Edwardian classic Bombe ring and the perennially popular Signet, discover their history, learn how to create them and use both as the starting point for your own unique take on each. Carve your designs in wax and finish them in the metal of your choice. Examples will be shown by the tutor.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan your ring and transfer design from paper to wax
  • Form each ring style by sizing, shaping and hollowing wax tube
  • Bring your own unique style to each ring
  • Finish your cast pieces.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The course will progress as follows- 1] history of signet ring. Design, mark out, size and begin carving. 2] continue carving and develop into a unique design and finish wax to a good standard. Send to cast. 3] clean and finish cast ring. 4] history of bombe ring. Design, mark out, size and begin carving. 5] continue carving and develop into a unique design and finish wax to a good standard. Send to cast 6] clean and finish cast ring. In both week 2 and 5, you may opt to forgo the casting process and continue to concentrate on their design the following week in wax and make their own arrangements for casting with recommended companies.

    Entry requirements

    No experience necessary. All tools and wax provided. You will need to cover the cost of your casting should you wish to proceed with your design.

    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. Please note, the casting

    What you need

    Bring pen, pencil, paper, and creativity. An apron is also useful.

    What you can do next

    Your tutor runs wax carving courses on a Monday evening and also stone setting courses on a Monday and Friday evenings. The jewellery section runs courses from beginner through to advanced levels