Wax Carving: Stones In Wax!
with Cassidy Kento
Enjoy learning the techniques of wax carving and jewelry design! In this class we will explore how to take your design from sketch to ready to cast wax piece. We will focus on adding gemstones to our jewelry pieces where you will be able to set them on your own after casting.
We will look at making both pendants and rings in wax! This class will be led by a half hour of instruction, then you will apply the instructions learned onto your own designs with my help during the class. Four weeks will focus on pendants, and four weeks will focus on rings.
Small rounds and oval CZ's will be supplied to you during class. If you wish you bring your own gemstones you may do so! Please avoid any stones softer than a 7, or porous stones like pearls or opals. Please see Dallas for your other supply needs.
I look forward to having you in my class and seeing what designs you all have in mind for your projects!
Creating edges/facets in wax
Texturing surfaces of wax
Filing/sanding of wax
Creating jump rings or bails in wax
Stone setting in wax
Stone prep for wax
…And much more!
PREREQUISITE: Beginners and intermediate level wax carvers welcome.
Cassidy apprenticed in Atlanta, Georgia with Starr Miller and Troy Atterberry, two prominent southeastern custom jewelers. She studied at New Approach School for Jewelers, a state of the art jewelry school started by Blaine Lewis.
Cassidy spent many years within fine jewelry sales, repair and fabrication for various commercial locations around Georgia. She now owns and runs Cassidy Jewelry and Cassidy Jewelry Artisan Collective employing and supporting other female artists from around the world.
She has a diverse academic background in communications, linguistics, and second-language acquisition earning a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University.
In effort to keep old jewelry traditions alive, Cassidy creates each original jewelry design by hand using wax carving techniques. Wax carving dates back as far as the fourth millennium BC. Cassidy aims to preserve these historic techniques imbuing an other worldly soul within each piece that is thoroughly hand made.