The Wax Carving and Casting Workshop is an intensive two-day jewellery making course during which students will learn about the process of lost wax casting and experiment with a variety of wax working techniques. Students will make two wax rings (or another piece after discussion with the tutor). Students will be guided through a technical project as well as an experimental project.
Best of all, the course allows for plenty of time to experimentation – and with tips and tricks from a professional jeweller. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and techniques you need to continue to develop your practice at home.
WHAT IS LOST WAX CASTING?
Lost wax carving is a traditional technique used in jewellery making and sculpture. A model is carved or shaped in wax and is then cast. To do this the wax model is ‘sprued’ to a wax tree, put into a special container and then filled with investment plaster. Once dry the investment plaster containing the wax model is put in a kiln, and the waxes are ‘burnt out’, leaving the space in the plaster where the model used to be. Molten melted is then injected into the space at high pressure and then allowed to cool. The plaster is then broken up to reveal the metal piece, which will then be cleaned and finished.
Guided technical project
Students will learn how to carve jewellery wax to make a ring to size. Students will learn to how to measure, mark up and make a carved wax ring. Students will learn technical terms, tools used and what they do. They will gain a good base understanding of tools and materials needed to continue working with wax. The techniques learnt here are ones that can be used at home to make wax models for jewellery.
Students will be introduced to other types of waxes including mouldable wax and sheet wax. Students can make a ring using these processes or a second carved wax piece.
The tutor will demonstrate how to prepare a wax model for stones and there will be time for interested students to include a sparkly stone or two into the wax ring (please note not all stones are suitable for casting – we provide some that can be safely cast)
On day two, students will receive their cast ring (or possibly 2) back from the casters and will spend the morning cutting off the metal sprue and filing and finishing their metal piece.
WHAT YOU'LL MAKE
We take the waxes to our casters to be cast and you can choose from a variety of metals (eg sterling silver, brass, bronze etc) The cost of your ring depends on it’s weight and the cost of the metal you choose on the day its cast. Students usually spend between $30 and $70 on casting, but this is dependent on how chunky it is and what metal is selected.
THE SECOND STAGE
Once the rings are cast, they come back to the students for sprue removal, filing and finishing.
AND FINALLY, THE FINISHED RINGS
In week two students work on their cast rings until they're finished.
MEET YOUR TUTOR
Emily is a Sydney based creative who works with diverse materials and technologies. She has presented work in many group shows, as well as exhibiting solo. Environmental and ethical concerns inform and motivate her works which include jewellery forms and tableware objects within her practice.
She is a resident artist and director of SquarePeg Studios alongside teaching various classes in SquarePeg Studio's classroom. Emily also moonlights at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus.
- Students will be introduced to a variety of wax working techniques, including carving and mouldable wax forming.
- On day one, students will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of wax and make two wax rings that will be cast by a commercial caster.
- On day two, students will clean up the castings and also learn additional tips and tricks for making wax models.
- All wax materials for experimentation and for the wax rings
- The use of all tools and consumables
- Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits for morning and afternoon tea
- We take your wax rings to the casters in time for the second class. We will weigh your rings and let you know an approximate price for each piece, depending on the metal selected
- We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.
- A notebook and pen/pencil
- An apron
- Covered shoes
- Your ideas and creativity
- Cash for the casting (usually $20 – $70 per piece dependent on metal and weight)
All students must wear proper enclosed shoes, long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back. Our warehouse has a concrete floor and can be cold in winter (we have some heating!) and hot in summer so please dress appropriately.
Perfect for those with jewellery experience and those starting out on their jewellery making journey.
Vendor since 2016
SquarePeg Studios is a Sydney jewellery studio and school, established in 2011, we occupy a 200sq metre warehouse space in Marrickville.
With studio spaces for 14 practising jewellers, a well-equipped workshop and busy jewellery school seeing around 50 students each week, SquarePeg Studios is a participatory community space created by and for the contemporary jewellery network of Sydney.
At SquarePeg Studios we have a passion for contemporary jewellery, we have excellent workshop facilities and a dedicated and talented team of tutors to help you learn everything you need to know to create your own jewellery designs in an inclusive and friendly environment.
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The course fees must be paid in full or as a pay by instalment plan on enrolment and are non-refundable.
Notwithstanding section 1, the course fees may be refundable in the event that a course is cancelled or oversubscribed.
A course may be cancelled in the event that there is an insufficient number of students subscribed to the course.
Our courses are open to students 16 years and older, Jewellery Studio Bench access is open to students 18 years and older.
It is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes. No make-up classes or refunds, or credits are issued for non attendance of all or part of the course or workshop.
Some of our courses require prior learning, please check the course description thoroughly before enrolling.
COVID - 19 Update to terms and conditions as at 1 May, 2020. Subject to change as per Government directives.
In the event a class or workshop cannot proceed due to NSW or Federal Government directives regarding social distancing, SquarePeg Studios will transfer the student enrolment to the next date on which the course or workshop is scheduled and notify the student of the change in a timely manner.
In the case that the new date is not suitable for the student, SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the fees paid to date, which can be applied for any course or workshop. The credit note will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
Students attending classes or workshops must adhere to latest Government guidelines and agree to follow the directions of SquarePeg Studios directors and tutors with regard to social distancing and appropriate hygiene measures whilst attending SquarePeg Studios.
Students must not attend SquarePeg studios if they are unwell, have been in contact with a person that has tested positive to Covid-19 or returned from overseas within the past two weeks.