Wax jewellery making, wax sculpture, chasing, stone setting, using found objects, traditional fabrication, silver soldering, mould making, casting & more
We will help you develop the practical skills necessary to make the projects you want
Show us some pictures or drawings of your ideas & we will guide you through the process of making them
Friendly, supportive, no pressure learning environment tailored to your interests.
See below for details & project pictures.
FLEXIBLE, TAILORED LEARNING OPTIONS appointment based, ongoing sessions & intensive wax jewellery making course available
More accessible than traditional methods clean & safe capable of extremely high detail cheap materials, minimal tool requirements ideal for aspiring professional jewellers/miniature sculptors work on your designs at home then cast them in metal
PREPARING TWO WAX COPIES FOR CASTING (BELOW RIGHT)
Choose a design from our catalogue of moulds
make a wax copy from a mould & prepare it for casting
come back to polish and finish the metal cast
ideal for a gift
This process will take a minimum of two, 2hr sessions
Stones also available
Search the catalogue & create your concepts
Use moulds to create wax components
Combine them with wax welder
Tidy up casts with tools
Return to polish and finish your cast metal designs
A tutor will help you through each step
Create your own concept or make something you’ve seen in a book or online
An experienced sculptor will guide you through the process of making your design. You can also learn to make moulds of your work to allow easy reproduction
Covering skills including wax modelling & sculpture techniques, methods of applying texture, incorporating stones, wax welding, using tools, making your own tools, different methods of mould making, modifying moulds to improve casting outcomes, getting the most detail from moulds, setting up & operating a wax injector, and associated troubleshooting, as well as several additional optional modules.
We also encourage you to advise us of any other specific skills you want to learn & we will do our best to incorporate them.
8 hours (further extensions available if desired)
This course covers the techniques required to construct a ring & experiment with different methods of applying pattern & texture.
Skills covered include annealing, pickling, silver soldering, planishing, stamping, polishing, using a rolling mill, press & more.
Invaluable skills used to create many different kinds of jewellery allowing creative application for limitless & original ideas.
STUDENTS WILL BE SHOWN & WILL PRACTICE THE TECHNIQUE OF SILVER SOLDERING ON COPPER.
(PREREQUISITE FOR MODULE 1)
A CRUCIAL JEWELLERS SKILL ALLOWING THE JOINING OF SILVER FOR RESIZING RINGS & CREATING JEWELLERY FROM JOINED COMPONENTS
THE PROCESS OF FINISHING A NEWLY CAST PIECE OF JEWELLERY.
INVOLVES CLEANING & FINISHING CAST SILVER RING REMOVING SPRUES, FILING SMOOTH, POLISHING & BURNISHING.
(USING ONE OF OUR CAST RINGS OR ONE YOU HAVE CREATED YOURSELF IN A PREVIOUS EXERCISE)
FINISHES YOUR DESIGNS READY FOR SALE AFTER METAL CASTING. A NECESSARY SKILL FOR JEWELLERS WANTING TO CAST MULTIPLE COPIES OF THEIR DESIGNS
THE STUDENT WILL MAKE A RUBBER MOULD WITH COLD CURE SILICONE RUBBER OR USING VULCANIZING RUBBER. SILICONE RUBBER IS SUITABLE FOR DELICATE MODELS WITH A LOW MELTING POINT
LEFT: VARIOUS RUBBER MOULDS WITH WAX & METALS CASTINGS
KEEP YOUR JEWELLERY LOOKING IN ITS BEST POSSIBLE CONDITION FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS
We always welcome visitors to drop by for a chat & a coffee to see our studio, projects or to discuss any questions regarding classes.
Please give us a call beforehand to ensure we are available (07) 55351939
PRICING & BOOKING INFORMATION
WE PROVIDE A FRIENDLY, SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT & ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO LEARN AT THEIR OWN RATE. VERY SMALL CLASS SIZES ALLOW TEACHING TO BE TAILORED TO INDIVIDUAL INTEREST.
STUDENTS MUST CALL IN ADVANCE TO BOOK A SESSION AS PREPARATION IS INVOLVED.
PRICING IS BASED ON A RATE OF $35 PER HOUR PER PERSON (INCLUDING GST). AS TIME REQUIREMENTS ARE DIFFERENT FOR EACH COURSE PLEASE CALL US OR DROP BY TO DISCUSS OPTIONS.
MATERIALS ARE IN ADDITION AND SUPPLIED AT COST
SAFETY GLASSES & APRON ARE PROVIDED. STUDENTS MUST WEAR ENCLOSED SHOES. FURTHER SAFETY INFORMATION WILL BE BE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO THE SESSION
CLEAN ALL YOUR OWN JEWELLERY & LEARN THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES AT THE SAME TIME.
LEARN CORRECT CLEANING SYSTEMS TO AVOID DAMAGING PRECIOUS STONES & UNNECESSARY METAL ABRASION.
PROCESSES INCLUDE ULTRASONIC CLEANER, ELECTROCHEMICAL CLEANING, REMOVING DIRT & GREASE, COMBINATIONS OF DIFFERENT METHODS, BUFFING, POLISHING & BURNISHING. (4HS)