Seminar of Casting Jewelry

Cast jewelry, also known as lost wax technique, is one of the oldest techniques of silversmithing. It involves the creation of a wax jewel (model made of wax), applying the casting process, which then turns into metal.

The seminar is addressed to both beginners and jewelry professionals who wish to discover the world of cast jewelry. Through wax sculpting and micro sculpture, participants learn how to create plastic forms by making three-dimensional jewelry and other objects.

Inspiration is drawn from forms of the natural world (organic and inorganic), jewelry from ancient to modern times and works of art in general.

Instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis

The seminar’s syllabus includes:

1st cycle
Cast jewelry using soft wax
44 hours / October, 18 – January, 17, 2020

2nd cycle
Micro sculpture on hard wax
52 hours / February, 7 – May 15, 2020

The syllabus will be completed in 2 cycles of 96 hours of classes in total. Registration for each cycle is realized in September and January respectively. There is also the option to attend one cycle.

1st cycle – Cast jewelry using soft wax

The 1st cycle involves the creation of flat and three-dimensional jewelry with fine sheets of soft wax. We will create various types of jewelry, such as rings, bracelets, earrings and brooches.

Throughout the course, we will apply several techniques – stencils, embossed, engraved, articulated, decorated with granules – and create textures and prints to embellish surfaces.

Then, objects will be casted (wax to be replaced by metal) in order for metal processing to follow: filing, welding, patina, placement of minerals in special cases (bezels) and selective metal platings. In the end, we will make basic types of wire finishes.

Workshop Duration: 44 hours / October 18 – January 17, 2020
Courses Day: Friday, 17:00 – 21:00
Number of participants:  6 to 10 people
Participation fee: 440 € + VAT 24%
Course instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis

Participants undertake the cost of necessary materials.

 

2nd cycle – Micro sculpture on hard wax


An introduction into the world of three-dimensional forms – small sculptures/jewelry.

In the 2nd cycle, we will discover the world of micro sculpture by using specialized hard wax. We will be using handmade and readymade tools (e.g. cutter, graver) in order to create jewelry and sculpture forms by removing material from a three-dimensional wax mass.

We will give shape to jewelry-forms with larger and more specific volume. Throughout the course, we will apply several techniques (embossed, engraved, articulated, decorated with granules), make cases for minerals (bezels) and finishes and learn to inlay metal into metal.

In the end, advice and guidance will be given for the finishing of casted objects, which include basic silversmithing techniques.

Workshop Duration: 52 hours / February 7 – May 15, 2020
Courses Day: Friday 17:00 – 21:00
Number of participants: 6 to 10 people
Participation fee: 520 € + VAT 24%
Course instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis

Participants undertake the cost of necessary materials.