Hard Wax Carving – October 2019

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Hard Wax Carving

with Elia Rizzo

Friday 25th – Tuesday 29th October | Friday – Monday 10.00-16.00 Tuesday 10.00-13.30 ) | £300

Challenge or develop your sculpting skills through carving a ring from a solid block of wax! Have fun discovering how to carve and create beautiful, replicable, jewellery pieces.

During this short course Elia will introduce you to hard wax tools and guide the class through making a domed ring; carved on the inside and out.

Hard wax is an interesting and easy material to work with, once shaped it can be cast in various metals to produce the final pieces. Its unique qualities offer an exciting array of design possibilities; saving money and time bypassing steps needed to make the same piece through traditional processes.

The course will include demonstrations on:

  • Carving techniques
  • Fixing minor mistakes!
  • Wax soldering
  • Fixing air bubble issues
  • Various finishes

Elia will also talk through the actual process of casting the piece in metal once complete, how to calculate the casting prices in different metals from the individual wax pieces, the advantage of wax casting for ‘mass’ production. Although you will not make moulds during the course, Elia will explain how this can be done once your piece is cast.

Elia will advise on how and where to get your pieces cast through a professional jewellery casting service; this will be at the participants own cost and organisation. There may be an opportunity for Elia to organise casting for the whole class.

Basic proficiency in use of standard jewellery tools is desirable but not essential.

All tools and materials are provided along with tea, coffee and biscuits, but please bring packed lunches. Please note that we finish at 1.30pm on the Tuesday.

Read all about our tutor Elia Rizzo on the Cambridge Art Makers’ course tutors page.

Please note that although this course is in our downstairs workshop, our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at cambridgeartmakers@gmail.com