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Lost Wax Casting 4 - Figurative Wax Carving (online)

Wednesdays, July 7, 2021 - July 28, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $295.00

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 - Basics.

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 can be taken in any order.

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.


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. Students will also need the list of tools from the Lost Wax - 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.

Watch Demos and Ask Questions during our online Zoom classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app for remote learning. 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.  


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
Wed. Jul 7, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Jul 14, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Jul 21, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Jul 28, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)


Lost Wax Casting 4 - Figurative Wax Carving (online)

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