Charms: one soft serve ice cream, one ice lolly and one single scoop ice cream. ALl made from blue wax

Making 3 dimensional shapes is wax’s moment to shine. It’s quicker, easier and more cost effective to make 3D shapes from wax than straight into metal. In this class you’ll learn 3 different ways to make charms.

This is a perfect class to start with if you’re new to wax carving. You’ll learn to think and work in 3D, consider every angle of a piece and work from big to small. The class covers a simple symmetrical shape, a flat back hollowed out shape, and a full 3D shape that has no clear front or back.

Not a fan of ice cream? You can use the techniques from this class to make any shape you do want to make into jewellery.

Close up of hands piercing out an ice cream shape from wax

Techniques covered

  • Repurposing scrap pieces/off cuts of wax
  • Piercing a wax block
  • Filing a cube and how to use a set square
  • Drawing your design on wax
  • Thinking through your project: in which order do you shape your charm
  • Give a 3D shape to a flat piece of wax
  • Make the charm look good from every angle
  • How to use a dentist scalpel to smoothen your wax
  • Removing wax to reduce weight and cost
  • Carve a charm straight out of a cube

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Wax slices or wax block
  • Benchpeg
  • Jewellers saw and saw blades (regular saw blades work, but skip a tooth or waxblades make piercing easier)
  • Hand files 0 and 2 cut (0 cut to do the major work and 2 cut to give it a clean finish). If you have different cuts in your hand files, they’ll do the job just as well. It just takes a bit longer or shorter depending on the cut you have.
  • Callipers/vernier gauge (dixieme gauge will work as well)
  • Dividers
  • Ruler
  • Set square
  • Needle files
  • Permanent marker

Optional

  • Wax file (you still need your cut 2 hand file to give your wax a clean finish)
  • Printer and glue
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Dentist scalpel (this is my prefered wax carving tool)
  • Wax carving tools
  • Small unit scale
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs

3 finished ice cream charms from wax in ice cream holders made from wire. One single scoop ice cream, one soft serve and one ice lolly

What’s included

  • 35 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 4 instructional videos, around 90 minutes total
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for a charm project
  • Lifetime access to all the material

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Tutor

Tutor - Sandy Pfaff

Hi I’m Sandy. I learned jewellery making, including wax carving, at the school of jewellery in Dublin. After finishing my course, I taught at the school for a year and I also taught a wax carving workshop at Lucy Walker Jewellery in Kuala Lumpur.

After learning all the basics of wax carving, I practiced and experimented A LOT. Something didn’t work out the first time I tried it? No problem, just try again (and again and again…) until it does work! Practice really is the only way to get better at something :)

I made this class to help you in your wax carving journey. It’s made with love (and some exasperated sighs and curses when things don’t go like I want them to). I love wax carving and I’m excited to teach you!

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