Lost Wax Casting 4 - Figurative Wax Carving

Saturday, July 21, 2012; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, July 22, 2012; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $295

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Working in wax is so sculptural. There is such a freedom to not only make rings, pendants, etc, but to also make them flow with figurative motifs, like wings, hair, plants, etc. Can’t draw? Don’t worry! Your instructor will be there live on zoom to demo step by step how to render these images in wax and answer questions during this online class sequel to Lost Wax Casting 1 - Basics.

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

Students will grow their skills as they work through simple to more challenging projects. The first project is creating low relief images, like simple bas relief. Next we’ll translate a 2D image, like a name or abstract calligraphy into a 3D wax model with lots of movement. Then we’ll carve a scroll, with thick and thin lines, leaves and other fun elements. Finally, we’ll move into a representative design like a flower, plant, bird, etc.

Whether you're new to carving something realistic or want to further your sculpture skills, this class is full of helpful tricks, tips and techniques for rendering realistic motifs in wax.

Techniques taught:
• Layout and transfer techniques

• Using guidelines for accurate carving
• Carving and build up techniques for rendering in wax

• Rendering bas relief images in wax

• Carving figurative pieces in the round


After Lost Wax Casting 1, the lost wax casting series (2, 3 & 4) can be taken in any order.


A kit of materials is included with this class.


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.


Tools required for online students.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.

A complete list 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.

Online students will also need the list of tools from the Lost Wax Casting 1 - Basics (online) workshop.

2/0 saw blades (not spiral, normal blades)
Set of 12 medium wax burs and detailers
Wax detailers set of 2
Double ended wax file
Students may want to purchase or make more carving picks

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class



Successful completion of a lost wax class, including skills in wax work, like using carving wax, build up with injection wax and how to use a wax pen. Both our Lost Wax Casting 1 workshop at SJS and our Lost Wax Casting - Basics online course satisfy these prerequisites. Please contact us if you have any questons.


Joe Silvera

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it 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.

For classes that include work time, online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration. Some classes, like our short demo only classes, don't require tools or materials to attend. 

We remain committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible while continuing to move forward and adapt to the current circumstances for our in person classes and open studios.

We recommend that in person students be vaccinated, but it's not required. 

Face masks are encouraged while at the school, but no longer required. Students must bring a particulate face mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or similar) to protect against dust and particles when needed and required during class work time.

If you have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms that could be COVID, or feel ill, please don't come to class. Contact us for more information. 

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.