Saturday 29th October, Saturday 26th November and Saturday 3rd December 10-5pm
Workshop 925 based at The Mayford Centre, just outside of Woking and very close to Guildford.
Unit F9 The Mayford Centre,
What does the course involve?
Jewellers have used wax carved models to produce masters for casting for over 500 years. In this three day class, split across three weekends we will look at how to use the skills associated with wax carving to produce a single stone solitaire engagement ring and fitted wedding band set. This can be to a design of your choice, within the parameters of the brief, and Stephen will guide you on the suitability of your design based on your experience.
This is a fantastic workshop to introduce you to wax carving, and how to accurately create your desired design to a professional standard ready for casting.
Once we have created the designs in wax they will be sent for casting before setting the stones and finishing.
Day One: Solitaire Engagement Ring Wax Carving, Saturday 29th October
In this day session we will look at how to make a wax master for a single stone solitaire style engagement ring.
Using traditional wax carving techniques you will make a ring, to your own design, based around a single centre stone. You can bring along a stone of your choice, but stone must be faceted and of a regular shape and no smaller than 3mm and no bigger than 8mm. (We can guide you if required with the size and type of stone which is suitable for setting, and if you don’t have a stone of your own we will provide some on the day to use)
The band will be made to specific size and to the correct tolerances for stone setting using a rub over style setting and can be either made to a traditional design or your own design (as long as the stone fits it’s up to you).
Once the rings have been made and finished to the correct standards for casting you will be able to send them off for casting yourselves. You will be able to polish and set them within the following classes. We will guide you through the casting process talking about both how lost wax casting is used in the jewellery industry, and how to set up an account with a professional casting company.
Day Two: Fitted Wedding Ring Wax Carving, Saturday 26th November
Your Solitaire engagement ring would have returned from casting by now, which allows us the opportunity to begin to clean it up, refining the design ready for us to move onto carving the fitted wedding band. The skills covered will include measuring and marking out waxes for accuracy, sizing and fitting them to an existing ring. You will explore how to use jeweller’s tools for traditional wax carving, understand tolerances and shrinkages to be considered before casting, considerations and practicalities of sprewing waxes for casting.
Day Three: Polishing and Setting, Saturday 3rd December
During this session you will work through processes to clean up your castings ready for setting. You will then be able to set the stone into the ring you designed and manufactured in wax and then got cast, allowing for a complete experience of the process from design, to wax carving, to casting, to setting and finishing and polishing.
Some basic jewellery making experience would be an advantage but not a requirement. Stone setting experience would also help but is not a requirement
What is included?
Materials and tools are included. If you would like to bring your own stone, do not forget to bring it to your final day for setting!
What to bring:
For safety reasons, during each class, you are required to wear appropriate footwear, we request that no open toed shoes are worn within Workshop 925. Long hair should also be tied back when working with the equipment. You may also wish to bring a notebook. We have handouts for many demonstrations, but there are always many tips and tricks given verbally by the tutor, which some might like to keep note of.