Design your own pieces of jewellery and then create them in 3 different types of wax. Then learn how to magically transform those pieces into beautiful silver jewellery using the Lost Wax casting process, a technique that dates back over 5,000 years and is still widespread today.
Teresa Speer holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery. A qualified teacher, Teresa has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century, and has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years.
Robin Fletcher has been teaching this course with Teresa for over a decade.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
Day 1. On this course, you are given the opportunity to create your own designs, with ideas and assistance constantly on hand. You will create a piece of jewellery in each of 3 different types of wax, and then a fourth piece in whichever wax you prefer. You will experience manipulating soft sculpting wax by hand, using melting wax to develop a form, and also carving into hard wax using a variety of tools. Your 4 wax pieces are then mounted onto wax trees, and you are taken into the casting workshop and shown the procedures of the Lost Wax casting process. Your waxes are then placed into a burn out kiln to begin the overnight Lost Wax process.
Day 2. On the second day, you are taught about alternate mould making materials as well as different mould-making techniques. You will then witness the casting of your waxes using the centrifugal casting equipment. You will release your jewellery, which has now been magically transformed into silver. You will use a variety of cleaning, finishing and polishing techniques to turn your cast pieces into finished jewellery.
How to make jewellery using sculpting wax, melting wax and carving wax
How to cast jewellery using the Lost Wax casting method
How to turn your castings into beautiful finished jewellery
How to clean, file and polish jewellery
Four finished pieces of jewellery of your own choosing
The only materials cost is for the Argentium Silver used to cast your jewellery, at £1 per gram.
Argentium Silver is an amazing material, which is much easier to clean and than Sterling Silver. Argentium Silver is also more pure than Sterling and can be hallmarked to a higher standard.