Jewelry: Wax Fabrication (six-session online workshop)

In this online introductory class to jewelry wax fabrication, students will go from design idea, to wax model and final casting. You will learn techniques on how to transfer your drawings and designs from paper drawings onto the carving wax surfaces or the soft waxes. You’ll be introduced to a variety of tools and techniques for carving a wax model for a variety of jewelry pieces, from rings, pendants to bracelets. By mid-way through the class you should be ready to have your wax model cast in metal at a casting house. We will discuss the specifics of choosing a casting house.

The goal of this class is to have one to two finished wax models and an understanding of what it takes to get good finished surfaces and clean models up to pre-casting mode. Please bring your ideas and creative energies to class so we can begin working on them together.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

Supplies for the first class:

  • Pencils and extra-fine sharpies

  • Tracing paper

  • White paint or whiteout

  • Rubber cement

  • X-acto blades and holder

  • Sharp pair of paper cutting scissors

For the rest of the class you will need the following tools and materials, which the instructor will review in the first session:

  • Jeweler’s saw frame

  • Wax cutting blade or a number 4 (very large) saw blade to cut wax with

  • Large wax rasp or wood rasp, or a very coarse metal file

  • Variety of carving wax