Introduction to Lost Wax Casting: Casting Prep, Sprue, Invest.

  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 9:00 AM 11:30 AM (PST)
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 9:00 AM 11:30 AM (PST)
  • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code JE-AJA111621NA-1
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  • $100 tuition + $35 materials fee
  • $76 tuition + $35 materials fee

Registration is closed

Please note that this class will not be covering how to make wax carvings. See details below.

This 2-day class provides an in-depth explanation of the lost wax casting method for making jewelry. From weighing and sprue-ing of wax models, to mixing and de-bubblizing the investment, and centrifugal force completion of the casting process.

In this class you will learn how the size and weight of the wax piece plays a role in the casting process. Demonstrations on the proper set up of wax models and appropriate placement of sprues will guarantee successful castings. Students will be guided through the casting processes including instruction on firing of the kiln, the burnout process, and working in teams during casting. Melting points of different metals, and overall finishing techniques will also be covered.

Please note: You must have your own waxes ready to cast. No wax carving instruction will take place in this class. Casting will be in Bronze only. No Silver. You can register for Wax Carving for Lost Wax Casting class that begins Wednesday, November 10th in order to be prepared for this class. To read more and register for Wax Carving for Lost Wax Casting, 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. 
  • This is an intermediate class. Students must already know how to create their own wax carvings.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application.  

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. 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.

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