Wax Carvers advent calendar

Are you looking for a different kind of advent calendar this year?

One that inspires you to be creative?

An advent calendar with variety where you learn to make fun jewellery pieces?

Where you learn jewellery making techniques that you can use long after the advent calendar has finished?

A photo with 24 numbers randomly distributed over the page and random sizes. The numbers are made from blue wax

Then the Wax Carvers advent calendar might be what you’re looking for!

Every day (for 24 days starting December 1st) you get access to a new class. The classes are all pre recorded videos you can watch online as often as you want.

There are 2 versions available of the Wax Carvers advent calendar:

Online classes only

You get access to all the online classes and use your own wax and tools.

For the month of August I’m running a presale!

Original price €175

August presale price €150

Online classes + material box

You get access to all the online classes AND you’ll receive a box with all the wax you need, extra wax for practicing and a few small tools to use. You still need to use your own basic tools.

For the month of August I’m running a presale!

Original price €225 (plus shipping and any import fees and duties)

August presale price: €200 (plus shipping and any import fees and duties)

If your country doesn't show up as a shipping destination, email me info@waxcarvers.com and I'll add it. All countries need to be added manually, so I've started with countries that I've had multiple sales to.

How does it work?

When you buy the calendar nothing happens yet, it’s too early! You’re guaranteed access to the calendar and have to patiently wait until later this year.

A monthly calendar page for December 2022. The days of the advent calendar are numbered

  • Material boxes ship in November.
  • In the last week of November, you’ll receive an email with instructions to set up an account on the website. You can also watch a short account walkthrough on how to watch the classes, add subtitles to the videos and where to ask questions.
  • On the 1st of December, you can log in to your account and the first class will be available. I have to release the classes manually and this gets done at a Central European Timezone friendly time :)
  • On the 2nd of December, the second class gets released, etc etc.
  • On the 24th, all classes are released and you’ll have access to them permanently.
  • During the 24 days, I’ll answer questions daily, at a few different times during the day.
  • After the 24 days, I’ll answer questions once a week on Monday, like the rest of my classes.

What’s covered in the classes?

Half the classes are full projects. You learn to make a full piece that’s ready for casting by the time you’re done.

The other half of the classes are techniques only. You learn and practice a specific technique and it’s up to you to use these techniques in your future jewellery pieces. The techniques do not result in a finished piece!

When you’re finished with the advent calendar, you have 12 finished pieces and a whole range of new knowledge!

One of the projects is making a pair of textured swirly earrings

A pair of swirly earrings from green wax. The wax is textured

One of the techniques covered is granulation

A court shaped ring from purple wax with blue granulation

Don’t like surprises and want to know exactly what you’re getting? Click the link to read a full breakdown of the classes.

DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED EVERY DAY!!!

Show me what all the classes are: here

What tools do I need?

Apart from a few tools that are included in the box, you need to provide the majority of the tools yourself.

A photo of all the tools needed for the advent calendar

Here are the tools you need to make the most of the advent calendar:

Basic jewellery tools: Piercing saw and sawblades, hand files and needle files, drill and drill bits/burrs, calipers, set square, dividers, ring mandrel

Wax specific tools: wax pen or other heating system, wax ring sizer, a way to melt down scraps. This doesn't have to be fancy. I use a tealight and a coffee mug!

Random: ruler, marker, lighter

If you’re missing a tool send me an email info@waxcarvers.com I can let you know how often you’ll need it and we can discuss possible work arounds. And if you’re not getting the material box contact me for a list of additional tools.

What’s included in the materials box?

  • Enough wax to make all your projects and learn the techniques. Plus extra wax for practice pieces.

  • Some tools. No not the basics, you need to have those yourselves. But a few small tools that help you with wax carving.

  • Gemstones. Don’t get excited, there’s only 2 gemstone projects. And no the gemstones are not going to be diamonds ;)

What wax do I need if I don’t get the material box?

A photo of all the wax needed for the advent calendar

  • Ring wax
  • Wax tablets or a block (whatever you prefer)
  • Sheet wax
  • Wax wire
  • Cowdery profiles
  • Mold-a-wax

FAQ

Is this for beginners?

In order to get the most out of the advent calendar, you need to have some tools yourself already. You can read the 'What tools do I need?' if you scroll up 3 sections. If you don’t have any tools, this is probably not for you.

If you have the tools covered, the advent calendar is beginner friendly. Beginner techniques are taught together with more advanced techniques. And all the full projects are doable for all skill levels.

As long as you’re willing to learn and don’t mind trying a few times to get it perfect, this is the advent calendar for you!

Is it holiday themed?

Nope. The advent calendar is not Christmas themed. For me an advent calendar is completely separate from Christmas. It’s a few weeks of fun daily surprises! The pieces you learn to make have nothing to do with Christmas.

I’m interested but have no time in December

I completely understand, December is a busy period! If you don’t have time for a daily project, you can do them at your own pace. On the 24th of December, all the classes are released and you have permanent access to them. You can do a few in January, and another couple in March. Wait until the summer if that’s better for you. You decide your own timeline for doing the classes!

What if I have questions?

There’s space inside the classes to ask me questions. During the advent calendar, from December 1st until 24th, I’ll answer questions daily. After that the advent calendar goes on the same question answering schedule as the rest of my classes: you can write me your questions any time, but I only answer them on Mondays.

Will it cover casting clean up as well?

Nope, everything is wax only.

I have one of your classes. Is there overlap between the classes and the advent calendar?

Yes, there is some overlap between what is taught in the advent calendar and the existing classes. Some of the techniques come from the available classes and some of the projects have been done before as well.

To keep it interesting and new, 12 of the classes cover techniques and projects that I’ve never taught before!

Can this be gifted to me/can I gift it to someone else?

Sure! You have to drop some hints to make it clear you want this as a present though ;)

The person who buys it can email me info@waxcarvers.com to let me know who needs access to it. All I need is an email address and I can make sure the right person gets access to the calendar.

I didn’t want it, but now that it’s started it looks really cool. Can I still buy it?

Sure! You can buy the Wax Carvers advent calendar until December 24th. After that it goes into storage until next year :)

Does this sound good?

YESSSS, this sounds absolutely PERFECT! I would love to get the

Online classes only €150

Online classes + material box €200 (plus shipping and any import fees and duties)

Still unclear?

Send me an email info@waxcarvers.com and I’ll do my best to help you decide if this is the right advent calendar for you. I have no desire to sell you something you’re not going to use. The advent calendar's purpose is for you to have fun with it and learn some things along the way. If I think you won’t enjoy it for whatever reason, I’ll tell you :)