In this creative workshop, you will be guided through the process of creating custom wax carvings. A large part of the allure of creating wax carvings is the organic aspect. The sky is the limit with your design. 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.
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
Students will have the option to create a ring or a pendant out of wax, and if there is time, both! Students will leave the workshop with a clear understanding and practice of the creative opportunities Wax Carving can provide! Jenny is happy to offer casting services if you are pleased with your piece and would like it cast into sterling silver. $25 for casting & shipping plus cost of silver.
Class is 8 hours with a 45 minute break for lunch. 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 is August 21, 2021.
Tools and Materials:
Tools will be provided.
Materials kit is $45 (cash/check to instructor) and includes wax bundle, alcohol burner, carving tool kit, polishing pads
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.