Aug 31 - Oct 19
Class Description

This course is an introduction to the various approaches to creating gemstone settings in wax for jewelry. Wax working allows for design flexibility and can accommodate symmetrical and asymmetrical gemstones, as well as gems of various hardness. Using subtractive sculpting with carving wax and additive methods with soft wax, students will create multiple projects incorporating these setting styles. Once the jewelry pieces are cast in metal, casting clean-up, final finishing, and bezel stone setting will be covered. 

Prior stone setting experience is not necessary, but is beneficial. Familiarity with wax working techniques and casting clean-up is required. Our Welcome to Wax Working classes offer this introduction.

Metal casting for this class is outsourced and will be the responsibility of the student. These resources as well as gemstone sourcing will be covered in class. The BKMW Tool Shop has wax working supplies and a wax working tool kit available for purchase on site.

Please bring to the first class meeting a cabochon measuring 6 – 10 mm in either a round or oval shape in addition to your regular supplies.

Class size 4 – 12 students. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. Masks are required to be worn for all studio coursework.

Taught by Brice Garrett
All students receive a 50% discount on hourly bench rentals throughout the duration of their course.
Refunds & Credit

Withdrawals from class 7 days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund for the class minus a 10% processing fee. If cancellation occurs 3-6 days prior to the class, we will provide a 50% refund. Cancellations 48 hours or less receive a 25% refund. Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or same-day cancellations.

We do not refund tuition for classes that students miss due to their own circumstances. Students enrolled in multi-session studio courses (excluding workshops and intensives) may make-up missed class sessions during open studio hours for up to two weeks after the last class meeting.

We reserve the right to cancel or discontinue any class, in which case you may choose to receive a refund, apply the class credit towards a different course, or receive a tuition credit for future use. Tuition credits are valid for up to one year. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.