Jewellery Wax Modelling
Course

WAX MODELLING FOR PRECIOUS METAL JEWELLERY CASTING COURSE

Tutor:          KATIE CAIRNS - Jewellery or Objet D'Art

When:         Dates to be advised in 2017
                 (24 hours tuiton)

Where:     
Studio 303, Leichhardt

Students:   Beginners and students with basic bench skills. Also advanced students new to wax modelling.

AVAILABILITY:   (maximum 9)

Cost:            To be advised - plus waxes purchased at the workshop at an extra cost - average approx. $30 - $50.
The casting fee and cost of metals used is not included in the course fees (at student’s expense) only if a casting is desired by the student.  Information is supplied by Katie during the course.

Terms:  The course will proceed with a minimum of 7 students (max 9 students) and if it doesn't have the numbers to run and is cancelled your payment will be refunded in full.  Note:  If you are paying for accommodation and/or flights to attend our course it would be worthwhile to check that either or both can be cancelled with a refund and without penalties (it may be worthwhile to insure your flights).  This is only in the event that the course is cancelled or delayed.

Benefits of learning wax modelling & casting techniques:
This course has been designed to greatly enhance your jewellery work methods and is a very useful compliment to your current skills, you can also use your new techniques to make component parts of a larger process.  It is also beneficial to those with limited experience.  The skills learnt can be used independently of any other jewellery course. Using this process greatly expands the design potential of a practitioner in jewellery or objet d’art.  You learn to make original jewellery or sculptural patterns.  Form and different textures can be added to the range of possibilities used in creating original models ready for casting into precious or non precious metals.

The only requirement to attend this course is to have very basic metal jewellery techniques:
saw piercing, filing and finishing techniques (polishing & texturing). If the student has tools used in any jewellery course please bring them to class.  Tools below (1. & 2.) supplied by the workshop.  

A course outline and course objectives are:

The main focus of this course is to learn modelling techniques used to create forms that can be used to make a piece of jewellery or object d’art. The items can then be cast (if desired) by a professional casting company.

Working in different types of waxes a student can either carve or sculpt the wax to make a shape that could then be cast into base metals, silver or other precious metals. There are a variety of waxes that can be used to achieve a different appearance. The wax is then taken to a professional casting company (we can recommend these companies) who will cast your piece in the desired metal of your choice.  Once the casting has been completed you can then finish it using a variety of finishing techniques.  The student will be taught how to calculate the cost of castings.  If the student does not wish to have the wax cast it is their option.

Two different techniques are explained and demonstrated:

1.  We use hard waxes that are carved using jewellers’ bench tools listed below:
saw piercing frames; files; sand papers and emery sticks; carving tools e.g. gravers etc, cutting burrs and a flexi shaft drill (supplied by the workshop).

2.  A sculptural technique using soft types of waxes where you build up the shape, tools used are:
wax modeling tools; spirit lamp; hot wax pot; hard flat surface e.g. piece of glass (supplied by the workshop); soft waxes of various shapes, wire and sheet (purchased at the workshop as above).

You learn how to make a silicon mould.  The object can be organic: fragile or robust (e.g. a leaf, shell, flowers) - or any small object in most mediums (e.g. plastic, ceramic, wood).
Simple mould frame - made in our workshop by the student.
Silicon gel (purchased at any hardware store) and releasing agent (students purchase).


Class Timetable:

DayTimeInstructorTuition
To be advised for 2017 10.00am - 4.30pm Katie 6hrs
To be advised for 2017 10.00am - 4.30pm Katie 6hrs
To be advised for 2017 10.00pm - 4.30pm Katie 6hrs
To be advised for 2017 10.00am - 4.30pm Katie 6hrs
  (LUNCH BREAK 30 MINUTES)    

 

What students are saying...

"The wax workshop with Katie Cairns was a wonderful exploration into the ancient craft of wax moulding and casting.  It opened my eyes up to the amazing potential of this exciting medium.
Over the course of the workshop we learnt a variety of techniques from mould making to carving back hard wax to creating intricate sculptural pieces. I made a beautiful pendant and a chunky ring.
Katie is a down to earth, no frills teacher. Her teaching is based on decades and decades of knowledge. She offers up inspirational ideas and her instruction is clear and methodical. I respect her as a practitioner and teacher.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience learning more about this ancient craft. I can now combine my new wax moulding skills with my already established bench skills to create unique pieces.   Thank you Studio 303 and Katie Crains, a worthwhile course!"
Anna Baryshev

"The wax workshops are very complimentary to the silversmithing classes. It introduces a technique that is easier to learn, allowing greater creativity earlier on for the learner.
Katie is very knowledgable, interesting and helpful. I'm looking forward to other classes Studio303 will be introducing in the future!"
James Yip

"I want to say thank you for a wonderful experience at Studio 303.  Katie Cairns was a wonderful tutor of the lost wax method, mould making and metal casting. I was so relieved that the class had a friendly, casual feel as it made learning a joy, and creating an absolute delight.  Katie happily shared her knowledge and experience to make our experience easier and give us a basis for continuing to create our own jewellery at home.  I was very impressed with the course, and the help I received from Katie and Ernst.  Thank you"
Christine De Gueron

Why Studio 303?

  • A great opportunity to learn from Sydney's most respected and experienced teachers
  • Beginners to advanced students are taught in a fully equipped authentic gold and silversmith's workshop (not a classroom)
  • Group and individual tuition, maximum 9 students per class or workshop
  • Design and create your own individual pieces fully guided through every process, at your own pace
  • Ability to learn from a master crafts person is "a rare gift"
  • Students all levels: beginners to advanced will benefit from the experience of working in a fully equipped professional workshop

Location:

  • Centrally located - rear of 303 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt (entrance Redmond Street)
  • Parking - good untimed street parking & council car park: 2 hour limit until 8pm (park rear to kerb)
  • Good bus connections - frequent buses along Parramatta Road

TUTOR: KATIE CAIRNS' PROFILE

KATIE CAIRNS, precious metal jewellery artist, has 40 years of experience in designing and working in precious metals and gemstones using handmade and lost wax casting manufacturing techniques.  Since 1978 until today Katie has her own business, private and corporate clientele whom she is able to offer multi disciplinary strategies to create unique and original jewellery designs.  

From 1971 to 1975 Katie lived in Japan and during that time she studied full time for two years at the Japan Jewellery Academy, Tokyo learning jewellery design and lost wax silver casting and metal working techniques.  She also attended Sophia University, Tokyo (an international university) where she studied arts and humanities.  Katie also taught English as a second language through the international Berlitz Language School.

On returning to Sydney in 1975 Katie worked in a jewellery manufacturing company in Sydney’s CBD as a casting specialist using the skills, expertise and experience she attained in Japan.  During that time with this company she learnt production methods, manufacturing techniques and all relevant criteria essential for the commercial production of jewellery manufacturing.

In 1977, Katie started studying in Ernst Pfenninger’s School for Gold and Silversmiths for a period of up to 4 years.  During this time she gained an appreciation, understanding and the skills involved in the production of handcrafting individual pieces of jewellery and silverware.  She found that by having a sound knowledge of hand production and casting techniques it gave her a broad base of knowledge and experience.

Katie established her own business in 1978, The Jewellers Studio located in Sydney’s CBD.  She established one of Sydney’s first jewellers co-operatives, accommodating four professional jewellers who rented bench space from her.  At her Studio the professional jewellers shared their diverse knowledge of jewellery making, a myriad of ideas gained from local and international experiences and shared a range of techniques and unique designs.  It was an environment where young jewellery designers and jewellers could begin their own businesses, sharing the costs of maintaining a studio in the CBD.

Katie has worked closely with the trade to offer specialist services in master pattern making and production including a well known pearl wholesale company where she made models for their baroque pearl jewellery collection.

Since 1978 Katie has been involved in several jewellery design exhibitions and contests in Sydney.  In 1983 she won an award from DeBeers “Diamonds Today” where she created a gold brooch with cognac coloured diamonds.

From 1996 to 2013, a period spanning 17 years, Katie tutored foundation classes (beginners classes) in jewellery techniques at the Sydney Community College.  During this time, she also studied at the Northern Institute of TAFE and gained a diploma in horticulture specialising in landscape design.

Testimonials

  • Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Brian Stanwell

  • Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Brian Levy

  • What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    Lila Cohen

  • I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed.

    I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed.

    Tyrus Shay

  • Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Maia Eliott

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    On behalf of everyone at the Australian Tourist Commission in Los Angeles and the many Aussie Specialists vying for the opportunity to win one, thank you for the Opal Award. The Awards are in recognition of the significant achievements amongst travel agents in the sales and marketing of Australia - competition among the agents for the Award and the beautiful trophy is fierce.

    Warren Grau

  • Thank you for joining us at the third Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Award at the Hotel Inter-Continental. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm, which has helped to make this dinner such a success and an important event on the wine industry calendar. With your continued support next year’s event should be even more successful.

    Thank you for joining us at the third Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Award at the Hotel Inter-Continental. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm, which has helped to make this dinner such a success and an important event on the wine industry calendar. With your continued support next year’s event should be even more successful.

    Dan Stafford

  • Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years.

    Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years.

    Ulla

  • I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    Catherine Grisard

  • It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    George R.

  • Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Anneke Mackay - Smith

  • Ernst is very generous with design ideas & the use of all of the tools. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction & the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst & Sharon provide an enjoyable & welcoming atmosphere & I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making & silversmithing.

    Ernst is very generous with design ideas & the use of all of the tools. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction & the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst & Sharon provide an enjoyable & welcoming atmosphere & I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making & silversmithing.

    Raimonde Maine

  • Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school.

    Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school.

    Anna Yeung

  • Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Michelle Clark

  • Now that we are back from the AILA Congress in Singapore we wish to thank you both for the Gold Medal being such a splendid object. The recipient, Professor Halliday was very impressed, as were all our Executive Board, International Committee and Congress participants. Thank you for your skills, co-operations and understanding what the Medal was supposed to achieve.

    Now that we are back from the AILA Congress in Singapore we wish to thank you both for the Gold Medal being such a splendid object. The recipient, Professor Halliday was very impressed, as were all our Executive Board, International Committee and Congress participants. Thank you for your skills, co-operations and understanding what the Medal was supposed to achieve.

    Professor Christopher N Candlin

  • I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    Judy Muir

  • I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was “beautiful” and “a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court”. The Court is very proud of it.

    I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was “beautiful” and “a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court”. The Court is very proud of it.

    M.E.J. Black, Chief Justice

  • I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    Dr.Barrie Egerton, PhD., CPhys., MInstP.

  • I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    Matthew Morin

  • I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    Jody Shipway

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    Lyn S

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