Rings by Donna Veverka
Carving a Wax Model for a Cast Ring


Donna Veverka

Level: All Skill Levels
Requirements: None
Program: Winter
Status: Closed
Length: 2 Days
Tuition: $ 375
Materials: $ 10
Date: January 22, 2011 - January 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Metalwerx

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This workshop will be an introduction to carving hard wax models that can later be cast into metal models or finished jewelry. Focusing on the creation of a ring, we will go through the process from design and layout to carving and preparing the ring to be cast.

On the first day, students will be given an overview of the types of tools used for wax carving and the properties of the different waxes. There will be a step by step demonstration starting from preparing a ring pattern for a design, carving the wax ring and finishing the wax model so it is ready to be cast. Students will get time to experiment with the tools and wax before planning out their own ring project.

On the second day students will come with their own ring design laid out and ready to start carving! Donna will be giving one on one instruction and help to all students on their own ring projects. By the end of the weekend, students should be on their way to a completed wax ring model.

There will also be some discussion on contract casting resources. For students who finish their waxes at the workshop, there will be the opportunity to send them to a local casting house to be cast in sterling silver.

For those who would like to see more of Donna's work, please visit her website www.donnavjewelry.com.

Materials & Tools

There is a materials fee of $10 for this class, payable when signing up. It includes wax and misc. supplies for student rings.

Students Should Bring:

Students who have done wax carving should bring any tools that they like to use. Helpful examples include:

  • exacto knife
  • a steel scriber
  • metal dividers
  • dental tools
  • wood carving or linoleum cutting tools


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