4 Week Wax Carving Course

Make your own ring or pendant & have it cast into sterling silver!

Our wax carving workshop is a perfect place to start if you want to give wax carving a try or wish to refresh or develop your skills even further!

We understand how daunting it is to start something new & how easy it is to lose it, if you don’t use it. We pride ourselves on small intimate classes, this is so:

1. Our students feel comfortable in your new explorations

2. Our teachers can really get to know you and help and guide you through each class.

Next course beginning on Thursday 25th January 10am.

Benefits of Learning Jewellery Making Skills

There are many benefits to learning a new skill in general, but learning how to make jewellery specifically has its own benefits such as:

– Helps you start a new hobby and learn a highly skilled trade
– Connect back in with your creative side
– Improves focus and problem solving skills
– Unique and personalised gifts are a guarantee for your loved ones
– Working with your hands relaxes you
– There are so many different ways to do everything so you’ll have lots of fun exploring what works best for you!

What is wax carving and how does it work?

For centuries, Jewellery artisans have been sculpting their own Jewellery designs from wax!

You start by thinking about what it is you would like to create, you can bring your ideas into your first class or even email them on beforehand to get some feedback before you come in! We would recommend having an idea in mind with some images or simple sketches to articulate your idea, as this will make the most out of your class time that you have with your experienced Tutor! 

You have the option to design a ring or a pendant. Once your design is clear, the Tutor will then show you, using different techniques, how to file, measure and cut the wax.

Embrace your creativity with your designs while our expert will help you bring your idea to life, whilst bettering your skills.

This wax carving course can be seen as a skills development course, but we are happy to welcome beginners.

Depending on your level and how comfortable you are, we can do more complicated shapes, relief work (add wax to create a pattern rather that take away) and fitted bands (bands that fit around another ring IE the way a wedding ring fits alongside an engagement ring)

The wax is smoother and much nicer to work with rather than carving within the silver directly, this is why this technique is often used within the industry.

Once you’re finished carving your design, it’s then ready to be cast!

How long does the course run for?

Our Wax Carving Course is a 4 week course, which runs for 2.5 hour class, each week!

There is 3 weeks of carve and design classes and a  3 week break to have them cast into silver. You then return for 1 more class to clean up and finish your beatiful designs.

Can gemstones be added to my design?

Yes! Our Jewellery Designers and Silver Smiths can set gemstones for you for an additional fee. Please ask for more information if you are interested in availing of this service!

Casting

We then take your carving to professional casters who take a mould of your design. They then pour the silver into your mould to create your piece of Jewellery. 

The finishing touches

You will return for the 4th and final week to clean up and polish your castings ready to wear. 

Why Silver Works?

Unlike traditional institutions, our priority is to help you learn & develop a new skill, not profit.

This is why we offer only 6 places within our bespoke courses, so you get the most out of each class!

You will be taught by a highly experienced goldsmith/silversmith, working within the industry who has an abundance of Jewellery design experience.

How much we talking?

Our bespoke 4-week intimate Wax Carving Course is €350.00 and this includes 2 x silver castings. **Weight restrictions apply**

Please note if your pieces are heavier than our allowance, then we will need to charge you the extra cost. 

Also if you would like to cast more of your carvings or have a mould made there will be an extra charge.

What’s Included?

We provide Tea & coffee and some chocolate, for good measure!

All tools and equipment, materials (wax), drills & aprons are provided for the duration of the course.

2 x silver Lost wax casting are included in the course fee. 

Health and Safety

We ask that you wear closed shoes. You will be provided with aprons to keep your clothes clean. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us today at info@silverworks.ie