Posts Tagged ‘wax carving’

Sit and spin

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’m sitting at my desk learning how to spin bezels, bands and other settings on a lathe.  Class has been great and I’ve learned a ton of useful applications.   On the last day of class we are planning on developing our shadow band skills for wedding bands.   Shadow bands are from-fitted bands that “shadow” the main ring.  This application is usually used for engagement rings that do not come with a wedding band.  I must admit that this is the most fun I’ve had at the bench in years.    iphone2-025

Virginia is for jewelers

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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You can tell by the frequency of my post over the next few days that I am out of town for a continuing education class, in Virginia to be exact.  I am attending the “NEW APPROACH SCHOOL FOR JEWELERS” founded in 1996 by Blaine Lewis.  This is the foremost school in the country for bench jeweler training and covers everything from jewelry repair, casting metals, wax carving, cad design and hand engraving.  This week I am excited to learn wax carving from Kate Wolf, www.katewolfdesigns.com.  Kate brings over 30 years of wax carving skills to the classroom.  What does this mean for you?  It opens up even more options for your “dream jewelry design”.  Jewelers wax is a specially formulated material that can be carved using various tools then cast, or made, into any desired metal.  These techniques are especially useful when making form-fitted wedding bands, settings for unique cut gemstones or anything else you can think of.  I have had a piece of fire-agate sitting on my desk for 3 years that I could not find a mounting for.  Now we can make a setting for it that will fit like a glove, look awesome and no one else will have one like it.  ONE-OF-A -KIND.

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