Jewelry: Wax Carving Basics (Online)

  • Saturday, December 05, 2020
  • Sunday, December 06, 2020
  • 4 sessions
  • Saturday, December 05, 2020, 9:30 AM 11:30 AM (PST)
  • Saturday, December 05, 2020, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, December 06, 2020, 9:30 AM 11:30 AM (PST)
  • Sunday, December 06, 2020, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (PST)
  • Jewelry Zoom Room, Class Code JE120520NA
  • 6


  • $110 tuition + $35 materials fee
  • Materials fee: $35

    Registration will close on Monday, 11/23.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom. Registration will close on Monday, November 23rd**

In this two-day class, participants will learn how to measure and mark the hard carving wax used in jewelry making with visible planning lines and precision cuts. We will be practicing 3-dimensional planning and layout techniques for subtractive Wax Carving.

We will begin with the preparation of Carving Wax for ring size and design layout for carving with a classic Dome ring design. Once the practice Wax is completed, participants will be able to apply these new skills to their own designs. The different carving waxes designated by color will be discussed. Green, Blue, and Purple waxes will be available for practice carving. Specialized Wax Tools such as wax saw blades, miter boxes, rotary files, mini lathe, electric wax pens and scrappers will be explained in depth and demonstrated.

Important Information about this class. Please read through this before registering:

Class will begin at 9:30 AM and go until 11:30 AM. During that time the instructor will be demonstrating techniques. There will be a break in the session to allow students to practice some of the techniques presented in class. Local students have the option of working in the Jewelry Studio at BARN (please see reservation details below) or you can work from home if you have tools and bench set up. The online session will pick up again at 4:00 PM and go until 6:00 PM. You will use the same link you were sent in the reminder email to rejoin the online class.


Tools for your home workbench:

Students are encouraged to collect/order as many of their own tools as possible before class begins. Tools such as old wood files, Exacto knives, hack saw frames, or Dremel tools with burs can be used for wax carving. If you already have some tools and wish to use your own, check the list below for the required tools for this class.

Order numbers listed below are from Rio Grande Jewelry Suppliers.

  1. Wax Saw Blades: German spiral #3 (Rio #110-066) $3.95/doz
  2. Jeweler’s Saw frame (Rio #110-039) $12.99
  3. Clamp on Bench Pin (Rio #110-010) $7.45
  4. Ring mandrel (Rio #111-376 for stepped and marked with ring sizes in wood) $21.50
  5. Alcohol lamp (Rio #700-008) $4.95 {students must supply their own rubbing alcohol}
  6. Wax Carving Spatulas Set of 5 with 10 different tips (Rio #700-278) $22.95
  7. Double-Ended Wax File (Rio #114-921) $32.50
  8. Brass Slide Gauge  (Rio #116-075) $8.99
  9. Scribe   (Rio #118-455) $10.45
  10. Divider (Rio #116-842) $9.89
  11. Matt Ring Tube Sizer (Rio #700-570) $26.25


  • We will mail you additional materials for this classPlease verify your mailing address when you register.
  • Material Fee: $35 (this is included in your tuition

    Materials mailed to you include:
    • A variety of wax sheet, wire, ring blanks and these supplies:
    • Glue Stick
    • Tracing paper
    • Exacto knife #12 blade
    • White-out correction fluid

Material Kits will be mailed out 10 days prior to class start.

No Lost Wax Casting is included in this class.

Casting by Proxy (casting of your waxes into you choice of brass or sterling silver by BARN jewelry experts) will be available at a date TBD.


  • Registration for this class will close on Monday, November 23th. This allows us ample time to mail the extra materials we are providing for this class.
  • This class is open to Beginners and Advanced Jewelry enthusiasts.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  • A Zoom link to join this online event will be sent to the email you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email.
  • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week!
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
Photo Instructor, Nanz Aalund

Instructor Bio:

Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. She holds a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her jewelry has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She authored, "Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009, and “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, which received a Silver Medal in the national AM&P - 2018 Excel Awards.

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