Wax carving for jewellery snake ring design.  This wax model was subsequently cast in silver

LEARN MODERN

& TRADITIONAL JEWELLERY

MAKING METHODS FROM AN ESTABLISHED JEWELLER & SCULPTOR

Wax jewellery making, wax sculpture, chasing, stone setting, using found objects, traditional fabrication, silver soldering, mould making, casting & more

 

Igniting the torch in preparation for silver soldering at Thinking Hand Studios
Celtic Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Silver bark ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan

 

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 LEARNING OPTIONS

WAX

JEWELLERY

& SCULPTURE

CARVE, WELD, SCULPT YOUR DESIGNS IN WAX THEN CAST IN  METAL

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

BENEFITS OF USING WAX

Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Silver ring designed & hand made by Thinking Hand Jewellery Making Classes.
Casting wax copies for jewellery hand ring design.  Preparation for silver casting

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

option 1

Projects for beginners Ideal gift ideas

Casting wax copies for jewellery hand ring design.  Preparation for silver casting
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan

option 2

choose components parts from our mould collection to create your own customized ring or pendant designs

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

 

Casting wax copies for jewellery hand ring design.  Preparation for silver casting

Our wax sculpture room: tools, materials, equipment, instructional guides, moulds, reference books and wax injector in the background

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

 

option 3

Sculpt a design from scratch

Below are a few of our projects created in wax.  Follow us on instagram & facebook to see new projects & regular updates.

 

For those interested in becoming professional jewellers we are also happy to promote our students work

Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan
Gold & Pearl ring designed & hand made by Calvert Regan

INTENSIVE WAX

JEWELLERY

MAKING COURSE

ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR JEWELLERS STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS

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.

Below are a few additional one off course options for those wishing to acquire a specific skill.  Please be in touch if there is a specific skill you are interested in learning not listed here.

ESSENTIAL JEWELLERY MAKING TECHNIQUES

MAKE A SILVER RING

02

AVERAGE TIME

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.

APPLICATIONS...

Preparing to silver solder a copper band. Design by Thinking Hand Studios
Using a rolling mill to apply texture to copper band. Design by Thinking Hand Studios
Silver soldering a copper band. Design by Thinking Hand Studios
SOLDERING A COPPER BAND OBSERVING BALANCE OF OXYGEN AND ACETYLENE, EVEN APPLICATION OF HEAT & CORRECT TEMPERATURE AS INDICATED BY THE COLOUR OF THE COPPER

INTRODUCTION TO SILVER SOLDERING

03

Silver soldering a copper band. Design by Thinking Hand Studios
Using a rolling mill to apply texture to copper band. Design by Thinking Hand Studios

STUDENTS WILL BE SHOWN & WILL PRACTICE THE TECHNIQUE OF SILVER SOLDERING ON COPPER.

 

(PREREQUISITE FOR MODULE 1)

APPLICATIONS...

A CRUCIAL JEWELLERS SKILL ALLOWING THE JOINING OF SILVER FOR RESIZING RINGS & CREATING JEWELLERY FROM JOINED COMPONENTS

Silver soldering a copper band. Design by Thinking Hand Studios
recently cast silver bark ring created by Thinking Hand Studios. the sprue from the casting process is still attached
recently cast silver thimble created by Thinking Hand Studios. Being tidied up ready for polishing

04

CLEANING & FINISHING A  METAL CASTING

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)

 

 

APPLICATIONS...

FINISHES YOUR DESIGNS READY FOR SALE AFTER METAL CASTING. A NECESSARY SKILL FOR JEWELLERS WANTING TO CAST MULTIPLE COPIES OF THEIR DESIGNS

 

MORE INFORMATION

Recently cast silver bark ring created by Thinking Hand Studios. The sprue from the casting process is being removed
Adding finishing touches to silver bark ring created by Thinking Hand Studios. The surface is being burnished.
JCR ion stream commercial jewellery cleaning unit. A crucial tool for maintaining jewellery
Buffing Silver bark ring created by Thinking Hand Studios

05

PRACTICAL RUBBER MOLD MAKING FOR MASS PRODUCTION

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

 

 

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

APPLICATIONS...

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

06

PROFESSIONAL JEWELLERY CLEANING

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)

Adding finishing touches to silver bark ring created by Thinking Hand Studios. The surface is being burnished.
JCR ion stream commercial jewellery cleaning unit. A crucial tool for maintaining jewellery
Buffing Silver bark ring created by Thinking Hand Studios

Thinking Hand Studios, Gold Coast. Ph: (07) 5535 1939, Unit 2, 53 Township Drive Burleigh Heads QLD 4220