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Use lost wax techniques to make settings in wax for custom work or to reproduce for your jewelry line. Wax can be formed to fit stones with unique shapes, like pearls, etc. Stones can be cast in place and polished after! You can also set up waxes for easy setting after casting, using bezels, prongs and other setting techniques.
Settings in wax don't have to look like traditional metal settings. Prongs and bezels can be sculptural and subtle, like branches, flowers, tendrils of hair or other motifs. In addition to how to create settings in wax, more wax techniques will be taught, including how to use a mini wax lathe to spin perfect rings and round forms like bezels. It's also easier and more forgiving to prepare settings, like flush settings, in a wax model. This class includes demonstrations of how to set stones in wax and how to cast them in place.
Class includes use of tools and a kit of materials.
Basic setting skills for bezels and prongs will be demonstrated. Students who have had other courses, like tube and flush setting, could use those techniques with their castings. Students will cast their pieces during the workshop and finish their settings in metal.
• Adapting Stone Settings to Lost Wax
• Milling wax
• Using a wax lathe
• Using build up wax to create custom seats for stones
• Adjusting settings after casting
• Cast stones in place
Successful completion of a lost wax class, including skills in wax work, like wax carving, build up and how to use a wax pen. For example, our Lost Wax Casting at SJS.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley CA