In this 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. Ring blanks will be carved to selected ring size and design layout for a domed ring design. Once the practice Wax is carved, participants will be able to apply these new skills to their own design ideas.
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 saws, miter boxes, rotary files, mini lathe, electric wax pens and scrappers will be demonstrated.
BARN Jewelry Studio has all the tools necessary for this class, so no purchase of tools is required. No casting will be part of this class, but students are encouraged to take the Intro to Lost Wax Casting class that follows on Nov.16th & 17th. To read more or register, please click here.
Safety in the Studio
Please read the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio safety protocols here. BARN-wide safety protocols can be found here. All participants will be required to wear a mask.To avoid injury, please follow these guidelines:
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- Tie long hair back.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing, dangling jewelry, scarves, ties, or any item that could get caught in machinery.
- Wear hearing protection when using noisy equipment.
- Wear safety glasses and/or a dust mask when using specific equipment.
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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. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.