During this course, you will be introduced to the process of lost wax casting (starting with a wax piece and finishing with a metal piece). Using an assortment of waxes and materials, students will gain the basic skills of creating models. General information and some history on different methods of lost wax casting will be discussed, from the creation of a model to the completion of the metal casting. There will be some hands-on time to make a model, then students will sprue and invest their model.
Pieces will be burned out in time for the second class where the students will be pouring their metal. The techniques of cleaning up and finishing metal casting will be covered.
You will be introduced to different waxes to work with but this is not a wax carving class.
There is a $35 materials fee included in the tuition price.
Masks are required for all activities in the Jewelry studio at this time.
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BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Karin Lee Luvaas is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. With an art degree in encaustics, painting, and metal sculpture, Karin has studied under acclaimed jewelry masters Michael Boyd, Kent Raible, Petra Class, and Sarah Graham and achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world-renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco, California. Karin is also a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate. Karin’s current work can be viewed on Instagram @karinluvaas.
Jody Lyle is a goldsmith with over 25 years of experience designing and making jewelry. She graduated from the University of North Texas where she studied with Harlan Butt and has continued her education over the years with classes with masters, apprenticeships, trade school training, skill-building classes, and lots of bench time. She believes in learning by doing, listening to others’ experiences, and looking at how things are made around you. Her main focus right now is wax carving, fabrication, chasing, and repoussé. She works mostly with silver, gold, steel, rock, semi-precious and precious stones to create fun and beautiful pieces to be worn and enjoyed. Her work can be seen on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr.