I am offering an opportunity for serious wax carvers that believe they have potential, but have gone as far as they can on their own. This one-on-one class is designed to teach the student the basics of model making, and is not recommended for the beginner.
If you want to gain the proficiency, and knowledge, that is necessary to create a technically precise wax model suitable as a master model, you need the right tools to do the job, and the competence to use them. This class is designed to teach the fundamental rules of measuring and calibrating, progressing through all the steps necessary to achieve accuracy, and perfection, with any undertaking. I will teach you the techniques that will help you to reach this goal.
You will learn how to create a technically correct master model that is suitable for production purposes – whether it is for several copies of the original model, or thousands of copies. This advanced study does require concentration and attention to detail from start to finish. For those of you that want to take your skills to a much higher level than you are currently at, this class might be the answer for you.
Jewelry designs fall into two basic categories: technical and organic. The technical designs are pieces that have lines that are precise, and usually feature settings (prong, bezel, channel, etc) in any manner of shape, size, and quantity. Earrings that have a mirror image (definite right and left) need special layouts to achieve a perfect match for both sides. Some examples of technical, and mirror image pieces are shown below:
Organic designs (living animals, plant life, water, clouds, etc.) and free form, which is a kind of random, flowing design, do not need the technical skills that some pieces need, but sometimes additional skills are still beneficial, especially if the organic design is incorporated with something that requires technical skill. Some examples of these kinds of pieces are shown below:
In the rendering of organic designs and freeform, the artist is not hampered, or limited to, any technical challenges. The artist only needs his or her imagination to guide them from start to finish. Once the design is finished, the only question remaining is whether or not to hollow out the item, or leave it solid. If the desire is for less weight, certain basic principles of hollowing out can be applied to bring down the weight of the model (mold being made) or one-of-kind (no mold being made). Here are some samples of organic designs that have no technical skills involved in their creation:
This class is typically a five day, 40 hour course, though exceptions can be made on an individual basis. It is structured to custom fit the needs of the pupil, to include the technical and the organic, if so desired. My ultimate goal, however, is to teach every student the necessary techniques to fabricate master models.