Jewellery Wax Modelling
WAX MODELLING FOR PRECIOUS METAL JEWELLERY CASTING COURSE
Tutor: KATIE CAIRNS - Jewellery or Objet D'Art
When: September (dates to be advised), 2018
AVAILABILITY: (maximum 9)
Cost: $885 - plus waxes purchased at the workshop at an extra cost - average approx. $30 - $50.
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:
The only requirement to attend this course is to have very basic metal jewellery techniques:
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:
2. A sculptural technique using soft types of waxes where you build up the shape, tools used are:
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).
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.
"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.
"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"
Why Studio 303?
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.