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Wax Carving for Jewels - Stone Setting Workshop


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Description

Wax Carving for Jewels - Sculptural Stone Setting Workshop


In this four-day jewellery making workshop students will be introduced to carving waxes to make stone-set jewellery.

On days one and two students will have the opportunity to make a ring, pendant or earrings with a bezel setting in wax that will be professionally cast in time for the second week of the workshop. Making settings for rough-cut stones will also be explored during days one and two of the workshop.

On days three and four students will learn how to clean up their cast pieces, prepare them for setting, and how to set their stones. Students will also have the opportunity to solder onto their castings to attach claws or extra bezels, particularly if they are working with rough-cut stones.

This jewellery making workshop is designed to provide students who have attended the 'Carve Your own Silver Ring- Wax Workshop' at SquarePeg Studios with greater skills, enabling them to make a unique piece of stone set jewellery - created by their own hand!


ABOUT THE COURSE

The Wax Carving for Jewels - Sculptural Stone Setting Workshop is an intensive four-day jewellery making course during which students will learn about the process of making waxes for stone settings. Students will make a wax for a bezel-set ring, pendant or earrings (or another piece after discussion with the tutor). Students will be guided through technical as well as experimental techniques.

Best of all, the course allows plenty of time for experimentation. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and techniques you need to continue to develop your practice at home.


Guided technical project:

Students will learn to how to measure, mark up and make a carved wax ring, pendant or pair of earrings incorporating a gemstone. Students will learn technical terms, tools used and what they do, they will gain a good base understanding of the tools and materials needed to continue working with wax alongside how to set stones. The techniques learned here are ones that can be used at home to make wax models for jewellery..


What you will make:

We take the waxes to our professional cast house to be cast and you can choose from a variety of metals for your work to be made in (eg sterling silver).

The cost of your piece depends on its weight and the cost of the metal you choose on the day it is cast.

Students usually spend between $30 and $70 on casting, but this is dependent on how weighty the design is, and what metal is selected.


What is included:

All wax materials for experimentation and for the wax ring, pendant or earring design

One semi-precious cabochon cut stone

The use of all tools and consumables

A selection of teas, coffee and delish biscuits for morning and afternoon tea

We take your wax rings to be cast in time for the second set of classes

We weigh your pieces and let you know an approximate price for each piece. This is calculated reliant on the cost of the metal selected for the casting of your piece


What you need to bring:

Students may wish to bring their own stones for discussion or use in their project TAKE NOTE! - no fragile stones such as opals can be used. If in doubt of the suitability of the stone you wish to incorporate in your design, please get in touch with us at SquarePeg Studios for clarification.

A notebook and pen/pencil

Covered shoes

Cash for the cost of the casting of your work - payable on the second weekend of the course (usually $20 – $70 per piece dependent on the metal selected and weight of the work)

Your ideas and creativity!


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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 will get
  • All wax materials for experimentation and for the wax rings
  • The use of all tools and consumables
  • Tea or coffee and delish biscuits for morning and afternoon tea
  • We take your wax rings to be cast 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.

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.


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SquarePeg Studios

Vendor since 2016

SquarePeg Studios is a unique space for learning and making all things jewellery. 

At SquarePeg Studios we have a passion for contemporary jewellery – making it and teaching others how to make it. Located in a Marrickville warehouse SquarePeg Studios is one of a kind in Sydney – a jewellery school as well as being home to 12 contemporary jewellers, we have excellent workshop facilities and some of the best tutors in Sydney.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refund policy as per our Terms and Conditions

    1. The course fees must be paid in full on enrolment and are non-refundable.
    2. Notwithstanding section 1, the course fees may be refundable in the event that a course is cancelled or oversubscribed.
    3. We may cancel a course in the event that there is an insufficient number of students subscribed to the course.
    4. It is the responsibility of the student to attend each class in the course and no refund, or provision of any additional classes, is available for non-attendance of all or part of the course.
    5. All students must be over 16 years of age.

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Terms & Conditions

Conditions of Registration

    1. The course fees must be paid in full on enrolment and are non-refundable.
    2. Notwithstanding section 1, the course fees may be refundable in the event that a course is cancelled or oversubscribed.
    3. We may cancel a course in the event that there is an insufficient number of students subscribed to the course.
    4. It is the responsibility of the student to attend each class in the course and no refund, or provision of any additional classes, is available for non-attendance of all or part of the course.
    5. All students must be over 16 years of age.

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Callie

13 August 2019 • Wax Carving for Jewels - Stone Setting Workshop

A great couple of weekends with a nice balance between learning the basic skills to take away and exploring more with the techniques with experienced people there with you. I always come away with ideas to try

SquarePeg Studios

21/08/2019

Thanks Callie. Glad you enjoyed the workshop :)

Anne

01 March 2019 • Wax Carving for Jewels - Stone Setting Workshop

Having a course like this available was the perfect ‘ next step’ to the wax carving weekends. As always Diane provided a number of avenues to explore. The result was a wonderful variety of pieces in which people set stones.. Thank you to Diane for her patience and encouragement. Can’t wait to try it again.

Catherine

27 February 2019 • Wax Carving for Jewels - Stone Setting Workshop

Loved everything about the course. The wax carving itself is really enjoyable process and stone setting lifts the pieces to a new level again. The four days gave plenty of time to explore ideas and techniques. Di is a great teacher - very patient and knowledgeable and skilled at sharing her experience. The class size is just right, I really enjoyed seeing the works and ideas of the other students, while still feeling we each had enough individual attention. SquarePeg is a really well-equipped studio and great space to work. This is my second course and definitely not my last.

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