In this weekend class, you will learn, step-by-step, how to create a one-of-a-kind design out of wax which will then be cast into sterling silver. Then, you'll learn how to clean up your casting and set the stone. The first day you will be guided through the process of creating custom wax carvings. The second day involves learning the casting process, casting clean-up, and stone setting.
A large part of the allure of creating wax carvings to be cast is the organic aspect. In addition, wax molds can be cast once and become true one of a kind pieces of art. Alternatively, they can be made into molds and cast over and over for production pieces.
You must be able to attend both days; no make-up classes will be available. All levels welcome, no prior experience needed!
We will spend the greater part of the day designing our wax pieces to be cast. Two methods will be presented: wax carving and wax build up. The following topics will be covered in class:
- Different types of waxes
- Wax tools and equipment
- Carving and building techniques
- How to professionally finish the wax pieces for successful casting
In the afternoon, we will begin the casting process by investing our pieces and preparing our flasks for casting.
Pieces will be in the kiln burnout when students arrive. We will go over the casting process in detail (including equipment identification & safety) and then each student will cast their own piece. The afternoon will be spent cleaning up the pieces, polishing, setting stones, and admiring each other’s work!
Class is 16 hours, both Saturday and Sunday, with a 45 minute break for lunch each day. We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate lunch room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.
The last day to cancel for a full refund or to transfer to another class is September 16, 2022. After that date, no refunds or transfers will be given. We will email you several days before class with all the details that you need to know.
Tools and Materials:
Materials kit is $65 (cash/check/venmo to instructor) and includes wax bundle, alcohol burner, carving tool kit, polishing pads & class handout. We will be casting in sterling silver and that additional cost will be determined in class after weighing each piece (approximately $1.50/gram). Also: Bring any stone that is dime size or small should you want to incorporate a stone into your design.
About the instructor, Jenny Kenyon
Jenny began her metalsmithing journey 20 years ago as a goldsmith apprentice in Colorado Springs. There she spent 7 years learning the lost wax casting trade. She immediately fell in love with the organic style & old world feel of wax design and casting - this has remained her focus and strength over the years.
After spending some time working in a jewelry repair shop, she relocated to Denver and began her 4 year employment at the Denver School of Metal Arts. There she worked with and assisted Metal Masters such as Travis Ogden, Michael Good, Amayak Stepanyan, Eric Burris, Carol Webb, & Michael Zobel to name a few. In addition to running the school, she taught several classes and intensives such as Lost Wax Casting, Riveting, Etching, Metals 1, & Wax Carving.
Jenny now lives in the mountains of Colorado where she homeschools her sweet girl & runs her jewelry business: River Wilding. Her work is largely influenced by her life out West. She feels the quiet solitude of the mountains is the perfect backdrop to slow down, tap into her wild creative flow and create her one of a kind pieces with intention. In addition to designing, she teaches “experience” metalsmithing classes to small groups of out of town visitors.
Some of Jenny’s favorite things are hiking & hunting for rocks, spending time on the river, road trips to the desert, and slow mornings with coffee. This summer she plans to spend a lot more time on the river learning the art of fly fishing.