Settings play a supporting role to let the gemstone be the centre of attention, but that doesn’t mean they have to be purely functional. Settings can be beautiful and fun in their own right. Wax makes it easy to embellish your settings for that little bit extra.
This class is perfect if you want to incorporate stones in 3D shapes. You’ll learn how to give your settings curved backs, remove wax to reduce the extra weight that brings and how to design around your stone. Plain straight walled settings are also covered in the class.
This class doesn’t cover how to set stones, only how to make the settings. A basic knowledge on stone setting is helpful to make the most out of this class.
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Hi I’m Sandy. I make all the waxes you see in the videos and photos. But I also write the handout, make the videos and edit them into the tutorial videos. Out of all these, wax carving is definitely my strong point.
I trained at the school of jewellery in Dublin, where I learned wax carving. After finishing my degree, I taught at the school for a year and worked at a jewellery shop as a bench jeweller/sales person.
While travelling through Asia for the past two years (pre pandemic), I took some short courses to expand my skills and rented bench space to keep making jewellery (need a recommendation of jewellery classes in Asia/bench rental? Ask me!) Personal highlight was teaching a wax carving workshop at Lucy Walker in Kuala Lumpur.
Besides my training, I’ve practiced A LOT. Add a healthy dose of stubbornness (I won’t let wax breaking defeat me!) to keep trying until I can make what I set out to make. There’s broken waxes and first attempts in my scrap wax box. I’m proud of those, because practice is the only way to get better.
This class is made with love. I love wax carving and I’m excited to teach you.