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Intro to Wax Carving & Small Cast Techniques: Pendants

*This workshop is open to students with previous jewelry fabrication and torch handling experience. On Saturday, students will be introduced to the tools and basics of laying out a simple pendant design upon wax. Wax carving, joining and build-up techniques will be demonstrated and students will be assisted with creating their own pendants in wax. At the end of the day, on Saturday, we will "tree up" all finished wax models and pour the investment. Throughout the weekend - Jennifer will demonstrate primitive casting techniques (cuttlefish, sand and/or sling casting), while students are working on their individual pieces. (Burnout of the flasks and waxes will begin early Sunday morning, so that we're ready to centrifugally cast by 1pm on Sunday.) On Sunday afternoon, after the "burning-out" of the flasks overnight, students will observe the centrifugal casting of their designs with molten metal. Hand finishing and flex shaft techniques will be employed in the completion of their castings. Each student will leave this workshop with a wearable pendant of their creation. Designs will be provided by the instructor, or students may bring a simple sketch or picture of a design they would like to use as inspiration for their pendants (maximum pendant size 1.5" width x 1.5" height x .25" depth). All materials and tools will be provided, or feel free to bring any hand carving tools you would like to try using.

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