LEARN-TO: Wax Carving Signet Ring 17 APR - 01 MAY
Date: Wednesday 17 April, 2024
Start Time: 6pm
End Time: 8:30pm
Create your own bespoke version of this eternal classic, either for yourself or as a gift for somebody close to you. Learn the fascinating history of the signet ring from ancient Egypt to the present day and the 6500 year old technique of lost wax casting.
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What will I make?
A wax model of a signet ring. You will also have the option to have the ring cast in a metal of your choice. The tutor will explain the metal options available and their cost.
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 signet rings and the fascinating history of signet rings. Your tutor will then demonstrate carving a signet ring and guide you, step by step through the process of carving and embellishing your own signet ring.
The class is taught by Russell Lownsbrough, author of Waxcarving for Jewellery, award-winning master-craftsman and highly experienced jewellery tutor.
Using the ancient technique of wax-carving you will create your own unique ring. During the class you will plan your ring, 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.
The tutor will demonstrate the techniques for you to try and bring examples of waxcarved rings to the class for inspiration.
At the end of the course, you may choose to have the ring cast in the metal of your choice. Your tutor will explain options available to you and the costs of each.
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?
- Reading glasses (if you need them!)
- Money or card payment for optional casting of your ring in the metal of your choice.
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, 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.