Stone setting in wax for casting

Course Dates: 08/07/21 - 29/07/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Ever dreamed of setting your stones directly in your wax carvings?
Stones can be cast directly into wax using the lost wax casting technique, allowing for an experimental approach to mounting and setting gemstones and avoiding hard and expensive labour of setting them in metal.
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Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £105.00

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Course Code: VV113

Finished Thu, day, 08 Jul - 29 Jul '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will introduce you to the principles of casting with stones set in wax.
You will discover which stones can be used for this technique and learn about different types of settings which are fun to use to set stones in wax.

What will we cover?

- Selecting appropriate stones for this technique
- Discover different type of waxes to create mounts
- Learn the principles to set stones in wax for the casting process
- Experiment with different types of mounts to set stones in wax.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Learn about stone hardnesses suitable for the technique
- Carving, modelling and melting different type of waxes to create mounts
- Discover the golden rule to set stones in wax for the casting process
- Learn the principle of basic settings such as gypsy and bezel settings to set stones in wax.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some knowledge of basic wax carving techniques is preferable but if not, some demonstration to carve a ring and a pendant will be taught. It is advantageous to have experience in stone setting, but it’s not essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through practical demonstrations, discussions and handouts. You will be taught as a group and there will be plenty of 1:1 help. It will not be necessary to do any work outside the class, but students will benefit from bringing ideas with them on the day.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

City Lit provides almost all the basic tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making. We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals (copper, gilding metal, etc.) and other materials (paper, enamel, etc.), chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.) and sundries (etching resist, polishing compound, etc.)

You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For health and safety reasons no sandals, open shoes or small pumps can be worn, even in hot weather.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

Browse our current offer online for complemtary courses.

Aurelie Dellasanta

Aurelie is a visual artist and jewellery designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art of London in the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery department. For over 10 years, she has worked as an independent designer, and has created numerous jewellery collections highly recognized by well known galleries (Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, Tactile, Geneva), museums (MAD of New York, Bellevue Arts Museum of Washington, MUDAC of Lausanne) and fashion websites (Boticca, Lyst). She has received awards including The Catlin Prize 2012 and the Theo Fennell Prize 2011.

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