Wax Carving and Casting for Jewellery

Most jewellery casting today uses a variation on the lost wax method developed in ancient Egypt.

This Course will teach you how to model/carve and mould wax. The wax will then be cast into silver using the ‘Lost wax casting process’

During the day you will have a chance to cast silver using ‘Cuttlefish’ and ‘sand casting’. These cast elements could then be used on their own, or be used as an element on another piece of jewellery. (this can be discussed on day)

Course Content

The morning will begin with a practical demonstration of melting, carving welding and stippling of wax. You can carve either a ring, pendant, ear rings or alternatives can be discussed on day. Once finished these, will be taken for the lost wax casting process.

In the afternoon you will learn how to melt sterling silver and then cast into either cuttlefish or sand (or both).

Each of these techniques will be demonstrated by the tutor usually in a group, before trying out techniques for yourselves. The tutor will be on hand to answer any queries and give guidance and support throughout the day.

There are a variety of jewellery courses and levels taught at the RACC so have a look and enhance what you learn on this course.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

No prior qualifications required, just an interest in learning a jewellery technique. If you have jewellery experience already and have not tried wax carving or casting, then it’s an ideal course to give you an insight into the possibilities of wax carving and casting in jewellery design and making.

First Class Requirements

There will be an additional charge for the cost of silver used on the day.
Tools, cuttlefish and wax are all provided in the class.

Additional Information

• If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.