Learn to Make Jewellery Stage Two – Designing in Wax
WHEN: 6:30 - 9:30pm 31 Jan 2022 – 21 Mar 2022
WHO: The Bench
TICKETS: Book now
This class is designed to have a rotating specialisation each term. You will be guided through a range of techniques to expand upon the fundamentals of introductory jewellery making. In term 3, you will have the opportunity to learn lost wax casting techniques.
ABOUT THE COURSE
We recommend first completing Learn to Make Jewellery Stage One - An Introduction or equivalent.
Stage Two is designed to cover core specialisations throughout each term. You will be guided through the following techniques over the first few weeks:
Design and manufacture - Understand how to design, prototype and manufacture wax models for reproduction
Basic methods of model production - Carving, building up or a combination of both
Techniques in wax - Organic and irregular shapes, Interesting textures, spontaneous shapes and surface effects or Intricate carved patterns.
Methods of clean-up procedures - You will acquire knowledge of how to remove casting sprues and professionally polish your finished design.
Findings/ connections - You will gain an understanding in how to attach clasps and connections or additional finer details.
Advanced soldering – You will be able to undertake more complex solder joins, knowing what type of join and solder to use for the job at hand.
Each course begins with short, structured technical exercises and then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated. You will learn the basic skills needed to create your own carved wax ring and pendant. You may find that there is time to create your own simple design using your new skills. Everyone should complete at least two pieces of jewellery. Casting cost is not included in course fee - you may or may not choose to cast your wax model.
Discussion between tutor and the students as a group and as individuals will take place each week, to guide you to improve your skills.
A materials pack is supplied for your two projects. A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price.
Casting cost of wax model is not included - you may or may not choose to cast your wax model.