Wax modelling and casting for Jewellery with Kathryn Wardill

For: beginners
Tutor: Kathryn Wardill

Course Outline

Explore the world of handmade cast jewellery. Learn how to create one-off jewellery objects or miniature artworks that can be worn. Students will learn about health and safety, casting processes, tools, materials (hard wax, soft wax and metal casting), general tips, design considerations, tricks and practicing techniques. Upon completion students have the knowledge to continue to practice their wax working and casting on their own. All tools and equipment are provided, but students will need to pay for their casting fees (approx $2 – $5 per item plus the cost of the silver calculated by weight). Silver casting is out-sourced to the jewellery industry and details are provided during class. No experience is necessary in wax or jewellery. Students need good eyesight and the steady use of both hands.

About Kathryn

Kathryn Wardill is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who received her Masters of Arts, Fine Art by research from RMIT University in 1998. As a jeweller and glass artist she has actively participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally for the last 21 years. Wardill’s dedication to researching jewellery objects which combine metal and glass has resulted in solo exhibition, artist in residencies and is represented by Kirra Gallery, Studio Ingot and e.g. etal.  More information about Kathryn can be found at www.wardill.com

To make a booking please phone the Blue Dog Studios on 9551 3227

Course Cost: $295
Contact Hours: (3 x 3 hours )

Day
Saturday afternoons

Time
2-5pm

Dates
20th, 27th oct and 10th nov

You will learn about:
modelling wax, preparing for casting in metal, ring making process, calculating costs, pattern and embossing processes, cleaning up metal castings, finishing techniques, oxidising metals and OH&S

Class Materials

Please bring the following to class:
safety glasses, suitable clothing: long pants and closed shoes, notebook and pen, any tools you might have (files, carving tools and scissors) small plastic container. Long hair must be tied back in class.