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Wax Carving Class
Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
Jewelers use wax to make what are essentially mini-sculptures, using either additive or subtractive techniques. This means either building up wax, or carving and filing away at it to reveal a design. Wax is incredible versitile and can be used to make rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings or any other small object and make copies of favorite pieces.
In this class, you will be introduced to an array of beginner's skills by focusing on a nature inspired project. Each student will bring to class a small natural or found object that will be used to take an impression. From the impression, each student will pour a wax mold, and then use wax working tools to carve a ring, small pendant, or stud earrings. This will be cast in sterling silver and will be ready for you to pick up at a later date.
We will also help you understand the basics of lost-wax casting principles. We'll also show you how you can inexpensively carve wax at home and make your own custom jewelry and give you resources to get started--including where to buy your supplies and how to hire someone to cast your designs for you.
About the Instructors:
Sarah Swell is a Crown Nine partner jeweler who specializes in making handcrafted designer items. She has extensive experience working with wax, her work is a favorite among 7x7, Refinery 29, SF Chronicle, Chaos Magazine, and DailyCandy among others.
Kate Ellen is the owner of Crown Nine and the jeweler behind Kate Ellen Metals, named Best of San Francisco 2010 by 7x7 Magazine. Her work has been featured at the SFMOMA, in DailyCandy, Thrillist, Juxtapoz, SF Chronicle, Chaos Magazine, and Refinery 29.
When & Where
Crown Nine: Jewelers and Makers
Jewelry designer Kate Ellen's flagship jewelry store in the heart of historic Old Oakland, the original downtown. Crown Nine is a member of Popuphood, a small business incubator revitalizing neighborhoods block by block.
Crown Nine houses a finely curated collection of jewelry and art from local jewelers and makers. Sarah Swell and Aiko designs show alongside Best of the City Jeweler Kate Ellen Metals, each designer offering well crafted unique pieces with enduring style. The three jewelers work in the store and are available for custom, wedding and bridal jewelry consultation.
The store also carries top artists and makers in the bay area with products for the home and body. Type.lites, Jon Carling, DAB, Peasants and Travelers and In Haus Press accompany 25 other artists representing everything from letterpress to one of a kind pieces of original artwork.
Classes, workshops, trunk shows, and fundraisers are an integral part of the mission—as well as giving back to service groups that represent the 9 points of the Crown: Love, Community, Compassion, Justice, Knowledge, Courage, Hope, Perseverance, and Artistic Expression.