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Lost Wax Casting 4 - Figurative Wax Carving

Wednesdays, January 5, 2022 - January 26, 2022, 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $295.00

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

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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, and as a 4 week course or 2-3 day workshop. 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.

This class meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week for a total of 12 hours of instruction time. 

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.

Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. 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 review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students. 
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.


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.


Recordings of class.
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.


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

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.


About Our Interactive Online Classes

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.

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.


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



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.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructor: Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Wed. Jan 26, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Lost Wax Casting 4 - Figurative Wax Carving

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