Using the ancient method of lost wax casting, in this four-class course you will learn to carve wax rings, embellish them and have them cast as well as master finishing and polishing techniques. The aim of this course is for you to come away with at least one finished ring, and either a finished second ring or one that you can finish at home.
For the first two classes, everyone will make the same style ring. This is to make sure you all pick up the same skills and finish one piece off. In the next two classes, you will concentrate on your own designs and creations. The first section will help you with inspiration for the second as you start to get a feel and idea of what can be done with wax.
Studio Kingfisher will provide all materials needed, as well as list of where you can purchase this equipment for home use. We will take your pieces to an external casting house for you, and encourage you to try to take your second piece to see how it works and build relationships (though we can take it for you). You will need to pay for all castings plus GST. We only cast in sterling silver on this course to keep your costs down.
How does our course differ from others:
On our courses we teach and guide you to do all of your own work as we want you to get value from your course. We do not finish off your work for you. We are confident that you can leave our course and be able to fully repeat what you have learnt at home with minimal equipment and as your teacher currently works full time in the industry we are always available for future help and guidance with good advice or are able to point you in the right direction of where to find it.
This course can hold up to seven (7) students which will mean that you get enough personal attention from the teacher. You need to be over sixteen (16) to attend this class, have good eyesight, or bring glasses with you and have fairly steady hands. You need to have hair tied back, wear sensible clothing and bring an apron as you may get covered in a fair amount of wax shavings. You do not need to have any previous jewellery making experience - this course is suitable for complete beginners.
This course is taught by Eran Naylor of Eran Naylor Jewellery and her teaching style is to give as much help and guidance, individual and group as possible. We like you to be able to get value for money and encourage you to own your work and skills so that you can ahead in this industry. She teaches with a positive attitude and can help you succeed either as a hobbyist or starting a new business. If you are not sure if this course if for you it may help you to check out our great feedback and see what others have to say about our courses.
- Modelling wax, preparing for casting in metal, ring making process, pattern and embossing processes
- Calculating costs, cleaning up metal castings, finishing techniques
- How to price your work to sell
- At least one finished ring, possibly two.
- A guide to setting up an affordable home studio
- An introduction to local services and suppliers
- The option to enrol for follow on classes with the same teacher to expand on your skills
- Your enthusiasm
- An apron and hair ties
Casual (Warning: It might get messy), closed toe shoes
Suitable for complete beginners.
Vendor since 2017
We are a collective of designers and makers curated by Eran Naylor (owner and designer) creating and bringing to you beautiful and organic jewellery, bags and home wares. Our house label of jewellery and bags are made here in our studio. Our inspirations for our collections come from designs and patterns from the old Mesopotamian regions, India and South America, transferring the beauty of older times to bold, classic pieces that can be worn or used with ease today.
We also run a school of craft, where we invite exciting and innovative teachers to come in and teach classes so that you can learn new skills from them. These are run in one of our two beautiful spaces in and around our shop and studio.
At Studio Kingfisher, we don't offer a refund policy once you book your class. So, please make sure you read the class description thoroughly and take a good note of the dates. If you cant make it, you need to let us know at least one week before the class commences and we will book you onto the next class with that teacher that suits or issue with a gift voucher. If you cancel any later than one week, your ticket will be forfeited. You are welcome though to transfer the ticket to a friend.
Please note that some classes will have minumum attendees for the class to go ahead, if that minumium is not met one week before the class and the teacher cancels, you will be offered a full refund or an option to transfer to the next class.
If in an emergency the class is cancelled at the last minute, again you will be offered a refund, another class or a gift voucher.
Upon booking this ticket, it is expected that you:
- Be over 16 years of age
- Are reasonably fit to to take the class
- Turn up in a respectful manner and are respectful to the learning enviroment of the class and to all others present
- You have read and are agreeing to our refund policy
- Are willing to learn
- Will turn up on time, if not, the class will go ahead and the teacher will catch you up at the nearest chance