Personalised for LOCAL students.
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


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.


      Basic jewellery knowledge and skills, such as those gained through our Introduction to Jewellery short course. You are required to have had some experience using jewelers tools and working with metal in the following ways to get the most out of this Wax Working short course - Saw Piercing, Drilling, Filing and Sanding/Finishing metal and Soldering.


      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)

      Available sessions


      Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - Wednesday, November 29, 2023 no more places

      8 Sessions Show sessions

      Wednesday 11th Oct -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 18th Oct -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 25th Oct -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 1st Nov -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 8th Nov -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 15th Nov -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 22nd Nov -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)

      Wednesday 29th Nov -

      • (18:00 - 21:00)
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