MAKE-DAY: Christmas Present SAT 09 NOV

Date: Saturday 09 November, 2024

Start Time: 10am

End Time: 4:30pm

Venue: FORGE


Wax-Carving Taster class with Russell Lownsbrough.


Create the perfect Christmas present for yourself or your love one using the ancient art of wax-carving. Wax-carving is a way of creating forms that would otherwise be difficult to produce, like sculpture for jewellery. Learn about the different waxes used in the jewellery industry, the tools used to work it and  the  6500 year old technique of lost wax casting.


Select from a choice of projects designed to enable the novice to gain experience and competence.  You will create your own unique variation of the projects. During the class you will learn how to transfer the design to wax and carve it from jeweller's wax under expert guidance from one of the best wax-carvers in the industry. You will also have the option to have your carving cast in a metal of your choice so you can complete the perfect Christmas gift. 


Special discount to FORGE Friends, enter your code at checkout 


What will I make?


You will make a wax carving of your own unique piece of jewellery. 

You will have the option to have the piece cast in a metal of your choice, the cost of this will be outlined by the tutor during the session 


What will happen on the day?


Upon arrival you will have the chance to get to know your fellow makers. Then you will have the chance to find inspiration from the wide range of example jewellery and the fascinating history wax-carving. Your tutor will then demonstrate carving and guide you, step by step through the process of carving and embellishing your own piece. Finally you will be given the option to cast your jewellery in a metal of your choice. The tutor will explain the metal options and their costs. 


What skills do I need?


Difficulty Level: Easy 


No previous experience needed, just a steady hand, a little patience and willingness to give it a go! Don't worry if you feel you're not artistic or creative, you will be taken through the whole process step by step.


What should I bring?


- Pen and Paper


- Reading glasses (if you need them!) 


- Money or card payment for optional casting of your jewellery in the metal of your choice and posting (if collecting isn't possible)


What should I wear? 


Clothes: Casual and not too precious as they may get a bit dusty or damaged.  Avoid long, loose fitting sleeves and anything that might catch or get caught whilst you are working.


Shoes: Casual flat shoes and no open toed sandals in case you drop a hammer or something hot on them!


Hair: Tie long hair back.


Who is my instructor?


The class is taught by Russell Lownsbrough FIPG, author of Waxcarving for Jewellery, Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council member, award-winning master-craftsman and highly experienced jewellery tutor.


How do I get there? 


See contact page for details on public transport and parking.

£135.00