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Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Wax Working for Jewellery

Short Course

Overview

Participants will work with a range of different waxes; soft wax, pink dental wax sheets, blue wire wax, brown pliable wax as well as liquid wax for dipping and creating hollow forms. You will also use a range of tools including burrs, wax carving files and wax working tools.

Suitable For:

  • Participants interested in increasing their jewellery knowledge
  • Participants who have undertaken the Introductory Jewellery and Intermediate Jewellery Short Courses

Topics covered:

  • Applications for different types of wax; soft, hard, wire and melted dipping wax
  • Wax carving, forming, shaping and joining
  • Use of appropriate tools
  • Carving a ring in wax
  • Setting stones in wax
  • Lost wax casting process
  • Commercial casting locations
  • OH&S considerations
    • Course Outcomes

      Participants will:

      • Gain skills and knowledge of the wax working process, enabling them to continue using the basic hand tools from home
      • Make a number of wax experiments, prototypes and have a sterling silver item of jewellery to take home
      • connect with commercial casting companies to enable them to continue at home and throughout the course

      Please Note: Due to Occupational Health and Safety reasons, participants will not be using the casting machine themselves. The machine will be operated by a Melbourne Polytechnic jewellery staff member and may not be operated during class time.

      Melbourne Polytechnic jewellery staff will cast one piece in Sterling Silver for each participant and then students will be encouraged to engage with industry for the casting of any remaining waxes.

      Requirements

      Participants require jewellery knowledge.

      Materials

      Participants will need to bring:
    • a sturdy apron
    • safety goggles
    • a pen and notebook

    • Course cost includes all tools, materials and one sterling silver cast piece (Maximum 10gms)

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      Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - Wednesday, June 21, 2023 Free Spots

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