Lost Wax Casting - Mar. 5–Apr. 23
Learn this ancient method using wax molds and other materials to shape intricate rings, pendants, and other fine jewelry.
In this eight-week class students will learn how to carve or mold out of wax as well as how to invest and burn out the wax. Special tactics on how to melt and pour the metal into the mold will also be given. Lastly, students learn how to clean and polish up their piece of jewelry. All skill levels welcome.
Students are encouraged to create their wax molds but can also bring finished wax molds if they prefer for their lost wax casting. Finished molds can be purchased at Freshmans Inc., online, or from catalogues available in class.
Dates: March 5–April 23 (8-weeks)
Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Instructor: Colleen Ashton & Gary Bloomquist
Campus location: Cottage
Materials: $20 materials fee due the first day of class to the instructor (covers tools, wax, acetylene, and investment). Students must bring own silver or gold metals. Can be purchased from retailers like Freshmans Inc. (350 E. 5th S. Salt Lake City) or Rio Grande (online). Coleen can help students figure out the amount of metal needed for their jewelry piece(s). If you have questions or would like to use different metals, please contact Coleen. Can not do titanium and stainless steel in this class.
Student limit: 6 people
Policy: Students must preregister to attend class. 72-hour notice required for class cancellation and refund.
Open Studio Time for Jewelry Students:
Saturdays 1 pm - 5 pm (except holiday weekends)
For more information contact Colleen 801-278-6233 or Gary 801-860-8004
“I like working with silver because it’s versatile, and I love creating jewelry that nobody else has.” She finds it fun to teach people something that they can enjoy doing as well, and finds pleasure when her students go on with the art of jewelry making and do well.”
Colleen took a casting class at PCH when her kids were young, then moved into lapidary and silversmithing. She taught casting with Myron Chidester, then took over his classes when he passed away. She has been teaching at Pioneer Craft House for over a decade.
I love the ability to create something out of wax, seat it in an investment, melt out the wax, pour in the silver and enjoy a unique piece of jewelry I created myself. Passing on knowledge that someone has passed on to me, and watch my students have fun with it is something I enjoy. Gary has a BFA from the University of Utah as a Designer Craftsman. Gary also teaches pour painting classes at Pioneer Craft House.