Wax Carving For Jewellery

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 108 Conc £46 Full £184 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00 3 MAC 11/05/2019 25/05/2019 AJ3618

What will the course cover?

This three day course will introduce a series of different ways of using wax to create masters for casting one off or limited edition jewellery. Wax carving is a traditional jewellery technique, used to create master models that are then used in the Lost Wax casting process to cast into metal, for one off pieces or for mass production. The first two days will be used to create one or more carved ring or pendant shapes, that will then be taken to cast up before the last week, so that we can also cover cleaning up, refining and polishing the finished cast metal. Students will work through set projects, designed to introduce these skills and allow time to practice and experiment with these key techniques – although these are set projects there will be flexibility to ensure students’ own design ideas can be used.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for complete beginners, but learners with experience are also welcome to use this as a refresher course, to add to existing skills, or those feeling they would like to go back to basics in order to progress. Great for people planning to start their own business, individuals who are interested in working within the jewellery trade, or anyone looking to explore their creativity.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None, this course is designed for complete beginners, suitable for you whatever your experience as you will progress at your own pace to reach your full potential. Students with previous jewellery making or beading skills are also very welcome.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Students will learn a series of different ways to work with wax – using different waxes, both hot and cold tools, as well as the electric pendant motor. Students will be able to plan and mark out a design onto wax, accurately carve a shape, refine the wax and repair or attach elements if needed, as well as to work on the cast metal, removing the sprue and cleaning it up ready to wear. Students should expect to complete a variety of different quick test pieces as well as at least one fully completed piece of jewellery. Put into practice health & safety procedures relating to materials and equipment. Select and obtain materials for future projects. Select tools, equipment and techniques to execute simple designs from idea to completion, describing how they will be used and why and be able to use these competently.

How is the course organised?

There will be practical demonstrations of different techniques throughout the course, formal instruction, group discussion, practical experience and individual tuition and support.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Students may like to continue their work at home between the classes, but this is not essential. Visits to museums and further research - completely optional - may be advised during the class for anyone interested in continuing their work and progressing further.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is assessed through discussing the work individually and in groups and recorded in your Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal and sketchbook.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Continue in craft or jewellery making classes to learn more different skills. Try other jewellery or art and design classes to broaden your skills. Use your work to form part of a portfolio for application to further or higher education courses or employment.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

We have a fully equipped jewellery workshop containing large items of equipment as well as hand tools for students to use. For your convenience some materials are now included in the course fees. All materials will be available from the tutor on the day if needed. If you have any jewellery / carving or modelling wax, do bring this, and any wax tools, but if you don’t have them, wait until after the first session when the tutor can advise on suitable items if you want to buy your own. Students will need to allow a budget of around £5 for wax and more to cover the cost of casting the wax in metal – a silver ring could cost around £15 - £20 to cast, but this will vary widely depending on how large the item is, how many items are made, and whether you choose to cast in silver, bronze or brass. It is good practice to keep a notebook or sketchbook for design work, ideas and technical notes.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.