Introduction to Wax Carving


Introduction to Wax Carving


Weekend Course
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Tutor: Head Goldsmith, Scott McIntyre

The course will be led by Master Goldsmith, Scott McIntyre. With nearly 23 years of experience in the jewellery trade, Scott has created amazing pieces for a wide and varied number of workshops across Glasgow and Edinburgh. A passion for the passing on of skills and heritage is deep-rooted within Scott’s working ethos. He intends to use the methods he has honed over time to ensure that each student leaves his department with a far greater knowledge of jewellery making. He is the Director of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School and Head Goldsmith.

This weekend is for talented jewellers looking to add wax carving to their already impressive repertoire. Carving is an essential skill on the road to becoming a complete goldsmith. It is cheap, forgiving, and a great way to improve both design and manufacture.

However, it is a particularly hard skill to master. The tools used are far more coarse, while the material is softer, more pliable, and easier to break. It has both its advantages and disadvantages. But it opens up avenues that don’t exist when working with metal alone.

In this class you will be shown the basics of wax carving and shown how to work with the material and its tools and come away with a good understanding and the beginnings of your own 'style.'

But please don’t think you’ll pick this up overnight or without copious practice. An advanced skill such as wax carving requires a great deal of dedication, patience and hard graft.

On both days there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each technique. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found skills. Plenty of time and guidance is on hand, however further practice in your own surroundings is most definitely recommended.

Day 1:

  • Carve a flat wedding band to precise measurements
  • Carve a fitted wedding band using two completely different techniques

Day 2:

  • Learn how to build up, correct mistakes and granulate
  • Carve a specific design using learned techniques
  • Create your own design

From attending both days consecutively, you will come away with a fantastic understanding of wax carving that will lead to the further development of your designs and technical ability. The class is limited to 8 students per class to ensure key concepts are covered and to give maximum one-to-one tuition. You will be shown all the necessary methods to harness the techniques, however please be aware that a certain amount of continual repetition will be required post class to hone the skills. Practice makes perfect!

Vanilla Ink Studios promotes and supports the jewellery sector in Scotland, with the core aim to educate, inspire and empower the industry.

We will provide all the necessary materials and tools needed. You will each have your own bench where we have access to all hand tools, but do feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable.

Please note that you need to have a GOOD UNDERSTANDING of jewellery making. A knowledge of basic jewellery techniques is required. Skills such as SOLDERING, FILING AND SAW PIERCING ARE ESSENTIAL, as is good eyesight in order to take this course. Please bring your own glasses or optivisors. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

**please note classes may be cancelled due to lack of attendees. In the unlikely event, you will be fully refunded and notified the day before the class is scheduled. If you can not attend the class but someone you know can take your place then please let us know ahead of the class, we can only refund the class if there is at least 3 days notice.**

Vanilla Ink Jewellery School
Mercat House
19 Argyle Court
The Hidden Lane
1103 Argyle Street
G3 8ND

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