Lost Wax Casting Jewelry Jam
with Helen Blythe-Hart
Students in this class work on their own self-directed projects under the guidance of a professional Metalsmith. A wide range of individualized stone-setting and fabrication demos will be shown to help elevate your jewelry making. Learn what it takes to give your jewelry that top-notch finish. Lost wax carving and various types of casting available for those who wish to get more 3-D with their jewelry. This is a great class for those on the professional track and jewelers who want to take their work to the next level.
Casting Objectives Include:
Understand the lost wax casting process and how to effectively sprue and invest pieces you can’t make by traditional fabrication processes.
Develop wax carving skills using the flex shaft, files and other tools to sculpt the various types of wax and learn the properties of the different colors/types of jewelers waxes commonly available.
Learn displacement techniques for estimating the amount of silver needed to cast natural materials like plants and twigs. Explore broom casting or water casting for more organic elements.
Explore some different options for taking molds of objects like sea shells or other natural materials to cast in sterling silver.
PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed four metalsmithing classes or have permission to enroll by the instructor. It is recommended that students watch the DVD Heat Zone prior to the class to learn the soldering techniques used by this instructor. The downloadable DVD is available for sale in the MAGG Store. Casting students are not required to have taken any metalsmithing classes since you will be carving in wax and not doing metal fabrication.
Helen is an internationally collected metal artist and educator. She has been metalsmithing and teaching for over 40 years. Her invention, a revolutionary soldering method called the Heat Zone, has helped thousands to conquer the torch. She uses her method to create strikingly original jewels opulently encrusted with colorful gemstones and futuristic sculptures. Degrees include an MFA and BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and decades of Gemology.