Course Start DatesTuesday 7th January 2020
About the Course
Learn to carve wax into a three dimensional jewellery form. We will get this cast into silver or bronze offsite. Explore studio casting techniques such as delft clay and cuttle fish. Make your cast metal objects into finished jewellery pieces.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Cut, texture, form and solder metal.
Cut, carve and shape wax to your own design to explore the lost wax casting technique
Explore various casting techniques including cuttlefish casting and external casting companies
Complete two or three pieces of jewellery to a professional standard
Develop good workshop practice and keep a benchbook of your jewellery experience
Class format and activities
This is a practical course and you will start making your own pieces of jewellery from the start. In the first 5 weeks you will learn all of the essential jewellery making skills such as cutting, filing, soldering, texturing, forming and annealing metal. You will make a saw pierced pendant, texture metal and a silver ring. In the second half of the term we will be exploring wax carving. We will send our waxes to a casting company to be cast in either silver or bronze. We will also be exploring casting a small scale jewellery pieces in the studio with the use of cuttlefish. Its a fantastic way of understanding the basics of casting metal, making a mould and working with hot metal safely.
On the course we will also be learning about the wider context of jewellery design such as London’s jewellery quarter (Hatton Garden), jewellery designers, exhibitions and galleries to visit. You will get used to keeping a benchbook for recording processes, ideas and designs.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, and is also suitable for students with experience of metalwork and jewellery making who are keen to develop and to extend their skills. Curiosity and readiness to experiment with tools and materials which may be unfamiliar and challenging to you are always an advantage!
Continuing students will be able to improve on existing jewellery making skills applying their skills to their own designs with the help of your tutor and learn and apply a new skill : wax carving.
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