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Lost wax casting is used by the jewelry industry to make most of the jewelry with settings you see in stores today. Jewelry artists can use the same techniques to create settings in their designs for production or custom work.
Wax models have advantages for stone setting, and even some settings are easier made in wax than by fabrication. Wax can be formed to fit stones with unique shapes, like pearls, cabochons, raw diamonds, gemstones, etc.
Stones can also be set in wax, then cast in place! That's right. Some stones can withstand the burnout process and having molten metal poured around them. You can also set up waxes for easy setting after casting, using bezels, prongs and other setting techniques. It's also easier and more forgiving to prepare settings, like flush settings, in a wax model and then set them after casting. Students who have taken Stone Setting 1, could set up settings they learned in fabrication in wax instead.
Settings in wax don't have to look like traditional metal settings. Prongs and bezels can be sculptural and subtle, like branches, flowers, tendrils of hair or other motifs.
In addition to how to create settings in wax, more wax techniques will be taught, including using wax burs, and how to turn wax like a lathe to spin perfect rings and round settings like bezels, etc. This class includes demonstrations of how to set stones in wax and how to cast them in place.
Casting your pieces made during the workshop is included. Students will deliver or mail their waxes to the school. They will be available for pick up or shipped back to you after casting. Instructions for mailing wax models is provided.
Lost Wax Casting - Stone Settings in Wax teaches the following:
• Adapting stone settings to casting
• Milling wax with burs
• Turning wax with a flex shaft
• Using build up wax to create custom settings for stones
• Adjusting models and setting stones after casting
• Cast-in-place stone settings
• Basic setting skills for bezels and prongs
After Lost Wax Casting 1, the lost wax casting series can be taken in any order.
Class size is limited to 15 students.
A kit of materials and stones is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped. The kit includes practice stones for the projects.
A full color handout is included with the class. Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of the specific models of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
Students will need the basic tools that were required for the Lost Wax Casting - the Basics (link) class.
In addition, the following tools are required:
Set of wax burs
Wolf wax bur?
Wolf pick - #10 medium 90° or equivalent
Wolf pick - #3 knife or equivalent
Alcohol lamp and alcohol (isopropyl or denatured), or a butane torch or butane lighter
Steel tweezers 6” long
Flexible shaft machine with #30 handpiece (a Dremel may be too awkward to use)
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students must have basic wax model making skills, like completion of a lost wax class, including skills in wax work, like wax carving, build up and how to use a wax pen. For example, our Lost Wax Casting 1 basic class, in person or online, will satisfy the prerequisites. This class will specifically use carving waxes and injection waxes to make models.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA