Lost Wax Carving Jewellery Workshop with Ania Wawrzkowicz
The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum
Handcrafted jewellery is unique, precious and meaningful. And it’s even more special if you’ve made it yourself. This workshop is an exciting opportunity to discover the old technique of Lost Wax carving in order to create beautiful bespoke pieces such as rings, pendants or any other small jewellery object. As a professional maker, Ania will guide you through the process so you can relax, get creative and enjoy the experience.
During the session, you will be carving your very own unique piece using jewellers’ wax, with a selection of specialized tools. Ania will talk you through the lost wax casting process, the qualities of different forms of wax, how to use the wax carving tools, and what can be achieved with the techniques specific to this form of jewellery making.
You will learn how to cut, carve and manipulate wax to realise your designs just the way you want them. Once you have finished carving, you will then be shown how to prepare the item for casting, so it is ready to be reproduced in gold, silver or another metal of your choice.
Please note, as this is a one day course, we will only be working in wax. The cast itself is done later. Ania is happy to advise on the best possible options for metals, and corresponding costs, as well as recommend the caster. Creating sustainable jewellery is at the heart of Ania’s practice and Ania will only recommend casters who work with recycled, ethical gold and silver. To give a guide, the casting and finishing of a sterling silver ring is approx. £20 plus postage.
A workshop for adults aged 16+. Suitable for all abilities.
All the tools and materials will be supplied. Please bring a rock or a shell from a meaningful place to use to add a texture to the ring as an option.
Concessionary rates need to be booked directly through the gallery either in person or over the telephone by calling 01237 471455.
Workshops cancelled with under 48 hours’ notice are non-refundable. An Eventbrite admin fee will be automatically deducted for workshops cancelled with more than 48 hours’ notice.
Price: £35 (£30 concessions)