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WAX CARVING CLASS
with Sarah Swell and Kate Ellen
Jewelers use wax to make what are essentially mini-sculptures, using either additive or subtractive techniques. This means either building up wax, or carving and filing away at it to reveal a design. Wax is incredible versitile and can be used to make rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings or any other small object.
In this class, you will be introduced to different types of waxes and wax working tools. We will help you understand the basics of lost-wax casting principles. You will finish the class with a completed wax carving of a ring that we will cast for you and have ready for pick up at a later date. We'll also show you how you can inexpensively carve wax at home and make your own custom jewelry and give you resources to get started.
Note: This fee should cover the expense for most designs, however the bigger the design, the bigger the expense. Please be prepared to either design small or pay an additional materials expense on the day of.
About the Instructors:
Sarah Swell is a Crown Nine partner jeweler who specializes in making handcrafted designer items. She has extensive experience working with wax, her work is a favorite among 7x7, Refinery 29, SF Chronicle, Chaos Magazine, and DailyCandy among others.
Kate Ellen is the owner of Crown Nine and the jeweler behind Kate Ellen Metals, named Best of San Francisco 2010 by 7x7 Magazine. Her work has been featured at the SFMOMA, in DailyCandy, Thrillist, Juxtapoz, SF Chronicle, Chaos Magazine, and Refinery 29.