Wax has been used for centuries in jewellery making. The wax is carved, set and then heated and removed to create a cavity in the shape of your design during the casting process.
It is a cheaper way to work with precious metals, until your piece has been carved to perfection you do not need to touch the metal.
This means less waste metal, more fun experimenting with jewellery design and a hobby you can do with minimal mess on the kitchen table.
When I started designing jewellery I took one wax carving class with a brilliant designer in London. After that, it was just about experimenting and finding my own style.
Emma Leonard approached me at the South Coast Makers Market last year to run classes from her Jewellery School in Westbourne, Dorset. As much as I have always wanted to share my skills it just wouldn’t have worked around the kitchen table. Emma runs lessons through the year so has workbenches set up and plenty of equipment.
The first class was great fun. We covered:
- Wax carving and casting process
- How to carve wax
- Essential tools for wax carving
- Different types of wax for jewellery making
- How to finish a piece
- Common mistakes and how to fix them
I also answered lots of questions through the day on topics like set up costs, casting costs, hallmarking, and even a few website questions.
This is a great course for complete beginners or anyone who has already worked in other jewellery design areas and would like to add another string to their jewellery making bow.
The last class was postponed due to COVID but has been rescheduled for the 10th October 2020. Follow this link to find out if there are any spaces left in the wax carving for jewellery making course! Or DM me on Instagram @hexcavelli for the next class.