Lost Wax Casting in Metal- Toronto workshops

Lost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting August 22nd  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat **payment plans are available (contact the studio for details)

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In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated.

Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated.

The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast.

The second evening we will discuss how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or wood. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.

14k red gold ring
14k red gold ring

What’s included:

Various wax for carving and sculpting

Silicone kits for mould making

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information. Copper may be added to sterling silver and/or fine silver to create Shibuichi. Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while other organic materials require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

Student casting: Sapphire beads were cast in place.

 

Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws
Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws

Lost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting August 22nd  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat deposit_button

In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver using the Vacuum casting process. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated.

Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated.

The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast.

The second evening discusses how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or wood

Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.

14k red gold ring
14k red gold ring

What’s included:

Various wax for carving and sculpting

Silicone kits for mould making

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information.

Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

 

Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws
Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws

Wedding rings, commitment rings, friendships rings, engagement rings! Toronto ring band workshops!

Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop
Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop

Wedding rings, commitment rings, friendships rings, engagement ring! Toronto ring band workshops!

Sterling silver Ring band workshops taking place Wednesday evening, Aug 2nd, Thursday evening, Aug 10th or Tuesday August 22nd. Register here>

I’ve offered wedding band and ring band workshops in Toronto since 2003. Long before other, similar studios opened and followed suit. I have been a professional working metalsmith/artist since 1986.

San Francisco, Santa Fe/Taos, New Mexico, Texas, Toronto and occasionally Iceland, I have lived, worked and taught these particular workshops.

My ring band (Sterling) workshops are 3 hours long and include Sterling silver for one ring band (rectangular wire 6mm wide x 2mm thick). $88pp 

Wedding band workshops vary upon approach, materials used, etc. Generally the wedding band workshops are private bookings, however if you are interested in Sterling silver ring bands you are more than welcome to join any Ring Band workshop!

There are essentially 4 options:

  1. Sterling ring band workshop $88pp,
  2. Wedding band workshop (wax) $300pc+metal,
  3. Wedding band workshop (fabricate-gold) $350pc+BYOM,
  4. Wedding band workshop wax & DIY cast in the studio! $600pc+metal.
If you and your fiance are looking to create non-traditional rings, I recommend the lost wax process for couples with no experience.
Lost wax involves: carving (for hard wax), sculpting, and/or filing wax ring blanks (or form ring blanks from soft wax using your fingers). These models are then cast in either Gold, Sterling or Bronze.
Before they are cast we weigh the wax and determine cost, if the waxes need to be adjusted to fit budget, etc., we adjust the rings at this wax stage.
Wax is also more forgiving and if  you make a mistake, etc., you can easily start over or fix the model.
Working straight from gold stock is not the same, can be considerably more expensive, and there isn’t a lot of room for error, plus solder needs to be purchased as well, see www.imperialproducts.com for quotes. They are located in Markham, ON.
White gold comes in 10k, 14k, 18k, 19k the higher the karat the more gold, lower means more alloy to make it appear ‘white’, same applies with red gold, or green gold.
Wedding set. 18k white gold with blue and white diamonds.
Wedding set. 18k white gold with blue and white diamonds.

Wedding band [wax & DIY cast] workshops runs three sessions:

1st session involves working with your designs and creating them out of wax.
I demonstrate different approaches to working with wax, various jeweller’s wax, tools and equipment used, carving using hand tools, and rotary tools, etc. Rings are created.
2nd session – If you opt to cast the rings yourself/in house*. We go through the process of Spruing your wax ring models and investing them. The mould is then cured and ….
3rd session: Metal has been purchased and your rings are invested and ready to cast! We go through the entire process of centrifugal casting on this day then, go over various finishing techniques, filing, sanding, polishing.
The Wedding band (wax) workshop runs= $300 per couple + metal for approx 9hrs does not include stone setting** Deposit of half to book time.
Cast at studio $600pc
14k red gold ring
metal costs are based upon the spot price of the day- I do not charge any extra for gold unless shipping is involved. Basically, you are paying less than wholesale for your custom rings.
Gold rings in past wax carving workshops have run $250 to $650 per ring for 14k. $400 to $850 per ring for 18k. Lost wax cast Sterling silver rings are considerably less, $30 to $110 depending on size.
alyzzaHow much metal would you need (gram wise) is completely dependant on size of ring & your Sprue. A rough idea: approximate gram weight for an 8.5 to size 9 ring would weigh 9 to 10 grams and cost (if purchased through a metal supplier) around $460 to $500 (for 18k rectangular wire same dimensions as Sterling mentioned above) plus solder (18k medium grade) which could run $85 to $100+ for a coupon.
 That said, adding a small amount of high karat yellow gold to sterling is also an option (fused and/or soldered to the Sterling). The beauty of adding high karat gold to Sterling is the bi-metal look plus you could add a patina using Liver of Sulfur that would make the Sterling appear black and the gold pop. Here is a link to my friend’s website (artist/metalsmith Vina Rust) demonstrating LOS on sterling w/gold.
Another option, though completely different would be to work with iron nails and add gold to that.
Here is a link to images (goldsmith Chris Nelson) to give you an idea of what iron/gold look like together –Pinterest Rings
Wedding band workshop-fabricate (melt your own gold (generally equalling more than 10 grams worth), work w/alternative materials, etc) $350per couple (pc)+ BYOM 6hrs. The difference between this workshop and the wax? This workshop YOU bring in your metal strip or enough high karat yellow gold to melt down and roll out into strips that are then cut, filed, sanded, formed, soldered, etc. Similar to our Sterling ring band workshops in method, yet you supply the raw materials.
Group of Sterling silver rings bands.
Group of Sterling silver rings bands.

Generally available- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Please email me to discuss your ring ideas!

*There is also the option of having your rings cast in Platinum – this takes place off site at a commercial casting company downtown GTA

** Cast in place! For entirely one-of-a-kind rings consider casting raw diamonds into the ring, or meteorites/tektites, sapphires,  iron. Another idea: cast two different metals!

 

Marcylin & Zoe's commitment rings. Sterling silver
Marcylin & Zoe’s commitment rings. Sterling silver
Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

The Devil’s Workshop has provided popular jewellery making workshops including The Weddings, bes

Everyone is welcome!

poke wedding bands and special commissions of all types as well as repairs.

Ring Band Workshops in Toronto

Ring band workshops
Ring band workshops

Ring band workshop, Saturday, Sept 3rd 12pm-3pm $88.50pp

Learn how to properly measure for your finger, handsaw, anneal Sterling silver, add texture with hammers, steel stamps, or Rolling mill. Form, solder and finish to matte or high polish and leave this workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring band!

All materials included: Sterling for 1 ring band. No experience necessary!

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Metal 2 {work with copper & sterling silver}
Winter class:
Thursday, January 19 start $260  + $125 lab fee – 4 week course

Please ad date choice in note

Workshop includes:
wire for prong-like settings, bails
various solder
saw blades
3”x3” 16ga sterling silver sheet

Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Form, fold, hammer, bend, fuse, using the jeweller’s saw as a design tool; create unusual forms and settings. Get up close and personal working with copper and Sterling silver. Students learn how to anneal and work harden their metal. From constructing one of a kind rings, settings, bracelets, brooches and pendants students leave with beautiful, handmade creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!

Resource list of suppliers is included. bezel settings

Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).

Screenshot 2016-04-27 09.35.37METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 23rd and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, – $275 per person or include ALL materials with an extra $125 lab fee.

Each workshop covers a different process in Goldsmithing: fabricating, forming, soldering, enamelling, bezel setting, carving wax to be cast in Sterling silver or bronze/brass, lo-tech casting in the studio, with cuttlefish bone, rivets, and finishing your work. Lab fee includes 3inch x 3″ 16 gauge sterling silver plate, jeweller’s saw frame and bench pin, gross of saw blades, 10grams of casting grain.

First evening starts off with hand sawing out designs in copper.

Please contact the studio via email with any further questions.

with lab fee $275
without lab fee $275

 

 

 

deposit towards course with lab fee
deposit towards course with lab fee

Incredible ring bands & stone setting

New workshop dates added! Working with hand tools saw, solder and form ring bands using hammers and special steel stamps then create a bezel setting and set a beautiful cabochon cut stone!

Mermaid Stones on Etsy sells these beauties! Labradorite, Untreated, all natural gorgeous stones ready to bezel set!
Mermaid Stones on Etsy sells these beauties! Labradorite, Untreated, all natural gorgeous cabochon cut stones ready to bezel set!

These workshops are being offered as evening and afternoon intensives. Includes all materials: Cabochon is extra* or bring your own! Register for 1 of these workshops under our Metal section in our menu.

Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate

What is included in this workshop:

sterling silver for 1 ring band and bezel-cup

Fine silver bezel wire

Copper for practicing and/or overlay designs

solder/consumables

*Students need to supply their own cabochon cut stone or purchase one from the studio. Studio cabochon stones range from $25 to $85 per stone. And sizes vary between 10mm to 40mm

DIY Handmade Ring Band Workshops Toronto

Jp & Kirsten's engagement rings. Sterling silver
Jp & Kirsten’s engagement rings. Sterling silver

Ring band workshop
3hrs $85pp
6 student max per workshop/session
Next workshop dates are: Saturday, July 4th or July 18th
Commitment rings, engagement rings, friendship rings or a ring for yourself! This workshop will introduce students to simple goldsmithing skills of: sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, safety, and design. By the end of class you will have a beautiful, handmade Sterling silver ring! #DIY

 

Dinah & Stephanie's commitment rings. Sterling silver
Marcilyn & Zoe’s commitment rings. Sterling silver

Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add various textures using hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, fabric or paper. How to anneal Sterling silver, form, solder, and finishing techniques from hyper shiny bling to a brushed, matte finish. All materials included! {Sterling silver for 1, amazing ring band} NO experience necessary. Book a private workshop for a birthday party!

Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

Register today with a friend!  Link takes you to our Square check-out page.

Have any questions concerning these workshops please feel free to email me!

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DIY handmade Sterling silver ring band workshops!

Jp & Kirsten's engagement rings. Sterling silver
Jp & Kirsten’s engagement rings. Sterling silver
Ring band workshop
3hrs $85pp
6 student max per workshop/session
Next workshop dates are: morning/afternoon-Saturday, June 7th, or Sunday, June 15th 11am to 2pm or 3pm to 6pm
Tuesday evening 6:30 to 9:30pm June 17th
Commitment rings, engagement rings, friendship rings or a ring for yourself! This workshop will introduce students to simple goldsmithing skills of: sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, safety, and design. By the end of class you will have a beautiful, handmade Sterling silver ring! #DIY
Dinah & Stephanie's commitment rings. Sterling silver
Dinah & Stephanie’s commitment rings. Sterling silver

Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add various textures using hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, fabric or paper. How to anneal Sterling silver, form, solder, and finishing techniques from hyper shiny bling to a brushed, matte finish. All materials included! {Sterling silver for 1, amazing ring band} NO experience necessary. Book a private workshop for a birthday party!
Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

Register today with a friend! registerPlease leave a note with your payment stating which workshop date you would like. Thanks!