Don’t miss your chance for this New class at #Brightonbeadsandmore

On April 9,23,30 , fantastic chance to learn how to carve wax and cast a sterling silver ring of your design. Instructor —-Stephen Kolokithas

Intro to the Lost Wax Casting Process.

This bronze-age process is still how most jewelry is created. Today you
have things to help the process such as 3D printing/CAD-CAM (Computer
Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing). But many jewelers still
master the art of carving a 3D prototype from blocks of wax.

Lost Wax Casting Process:
This process starts with building a 3D prototype out of wax. The wax then is put through a process called investing where you build a plaster mould around the wax or found object. You then burnout the wax using a kiln that reaches temperatures around 1250 degrees F, hence the name lost wax process. Then cast the molten metal into the hole where the plasterfunneled into the negative cast(where the wax was). From here you will have a piece ready for the rest of the metal finishing techniques to a beautiful wearable piece of jewelry or small-scale sculpture.

For this beginner class we will be focusing on the following sessions:
Session 1: Introduction to the lost wax casting process: how it is used

how it is used today. Tools used, What advantages you have using it vs. other methods. Carve your first few styles of rings. This will be the basic designs such as standard wedding band, walked through various stages of carving (in the week between sessions you will have the time to practice the methods you learn from the previous sessions)

Session 2: Work on symmetrical designs

Work on symmetrical designs
All designs cannot be simple wedding bands. Learn the importance of marking your center, measuring the spacing between patterns, and mapping out your wax before your carving begins. (in the week between sessions you will have the time to practice the methods you learn from the previous sessions)

Session 3: Learn the style of design in the form of freeform carving, and

Learn the style of design in the form of freeform carving, and
also the basics necessary to discover a design of your own. Learn the
importance of not just diving into carving but instead forming a plan by sketching and map out the free form design. You will have the opportunity to practice the techniques you learned from the first two sessions. Also learn about the next steps following the rest of the casting process. You will be able to select one piece or your carved wax designs to have cast into sterling silver. We will briefly touch on finishing techniques and discuss what you do with your finished casting.

Price: $260 plus $60 materials. (Materials will include $20 in sterling
silver casting grain, a square wax file, double end hand wax file item
114-136, two wax tubes, Matt Wax ring tubes for creating rings,

There will also be optional tools and supplies to purchase as well. The

techniques that you will learn will not require powered equipment.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome
Dates: April 9th, 23rd, 30th

You can register online at on class calander or call 810-844-0066

website of Stephen

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