Carve Your own Silver Ring:Wax Carving and Casting Workshop

What to Bring

  • 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)

What to Wear

  • 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.

Appropriate For

  • Perfect for those with jewellery experience and those starting out on their jewellery making journey.

Carve Your own Silver Ring:Wax Carving and Casting Workshop

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Next course is Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 October 2017, 10am to 4pm

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

What You Get

  • 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.


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.


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.

Experimental project

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.

Day One

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)

Day Two

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.


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.


Once the rings are cast, they come back to the students for sprue removal, filing and finishing.


In week two students work on their cast rings until they're finished.


Diane Appleby is a very experienced contemporary jeweller and tutor. She completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. She has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW.

Diane’s catalogue of work encompasses collections for exhibition and collaborations with clients on individual pieces.

Diane teaches the Atelier course as well as the Stone Setting course at SquarePeg Studios.

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A very impressive course. I was surprised how successful everyone was - a good reflection of how well prepared the course, tools and tutor was.

Mar 2017

How to carve wax and make a ring/s. Absolutely loved it! Best teacher ever


The wax carving course was excellent. There was a class of eight and the instructor,Diane clearly explained the process and allowed everyone to work at their own pace while encouraging them along the way. I would recommend the overall experience. The rings we made were all different and very beautiful designs.

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