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Lost wax casting is a great technique for making your own custom jewelry or parts for a line or to set your work apart - and have someone else do all the casting and polishing! And you get finished pieces that are ready to use. This 4 week interactive online course will teach you all of the basics to get you started.
With lost wax casting, you can carve, build-up and sculpt wax to cast into rings, beads, charms, clasps and more. The process is quiet and home studio friendly. Wax lets you be creative with your designs in a way that is different from fabrication and soldering. It’s more fluid and sculptural. In later classes, you can learn how to save and reproduce your designs with molds, and how to create stone settings in your wax models.
Lost wax casting is the dominant method for making jewelry in the industry, because it lets you reproduce your original designs. And a casting service can cast your work for you and deliver finished pieces, or you can set up a small casting setup in your studio or garage and do it yourself.
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 - The Basics teaches the following:
• What is the lost wax casting process?
• Carving wax models
• Build up techniques for making wax models
• Modify and maintain wax carving picks and tools
• How to set up to make wax models at home
• Outsourcing your castings for reproduction
• Model requirements for reproduction
• The Casting process: sprue, invest, casting (vacuum assisted and centrifugal)
• How you can set up your own casting equipment
• Polishing your castings
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.
This is a great opportunity to learn all you need to know to make jewelry using the lost wax casting process, from start to finish. The main focus of this class is to learn how to make good wax models. Wax work is easy to set up in a home studio, and casting can be outsourced to a casting house.
Watch our video about the lost wax casting process. It shows centrifugal casting. In class we also learn how to pour metal into a mold as well with a casting table.
A kit of materials 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.
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.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A 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.
*Abrasive wax tools (like files, sandpaper, etc.) must be new or never used with metal.
*Set of key files (small)
*Set of 6 needle files Swiss cut 2
Max wax pen or similar
Jewelers saw frame
Metric steel ruler (6”)
Clear tape (like clear shipping tape)
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Plastic finger gauges
Dust pan and brush
Nail boards (320 and 600 grit)
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is open to all levels. Beginners welcome!
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA