Jewelry: Wax Carving Basics (Online)

  • Saturday, February 06, 2021
  • Sunday, February 07, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, February 06, 2021, 9:30 AM 6:00 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, February 07, 2021, 9:30 AM 6:00 PM (PST)
  • Jewelry Zoom Room, Class Code JE0206210NA
  • 11


  • $110 tuition + $35 materials fee
  • $85 tuition + $35 materials fee

    Registration will close on Sun., 1/24.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**

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 each day. 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. You can work from home if you have tools and bench set up.

The 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.



We have 6 loaner packages that can be checked out and picked up at BARN by local students. If you would like to have a loaner package to use prior to the class, you will need to email the instructor at NanzA@bainbridgebarn.orgThese are available on a first come first serve basis.

We will notify the 6 students who reserved the tools. You will be notified when tools are available for pickup from BARN. All loaner tool packages require a security deposit of $175 via a check. When tools are returned on Monday, May 3rd, you will receive your check back. 



  • Registration for this class will close on Sunday, January 24th. 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.
  • 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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