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Kate Wolf, educator, jeweler. Wolf Tools, Wolf Wax, Kate Wolf Designs Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

 

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Wax Carving Intensive Workshop
with Kate Wolf    5 days   All skill levels welcome

February 13-17, 2017, Mon-Fri,  Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas
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March 6-10, 2017, Mon-Fri, Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico  Waitlist

May 22-26, 2017, Mon-Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine

July 17-21, 2017, Mon-Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
Sept 11-15, Mon-Fri,  Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
Oct 3-7, REVISED DATES! Tues-Sat, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
Wax is an amazing material. In this hands on workshop we will explore innovative approaches to wax carving with an emphasis on encouraging confidence and creativity. We will explore how to transform scribbles into resolved designs; layout; carving rings, bezels and partial bezels for cabochons and facetted stones; contour fit shadow bands; hollow forms and mirror images; flame techniques; textures; faux granulation; pierced out work; hollowing; finishing, repairing; toolmaking and more. Learn how to rapidly and accurately remove excess material using the flex shaft for affordable lathe and milling processes. We will be working with Wolf Milling Wax™. There will be live, highly magnified demos of many wax techniques. This workshop covers many techniques. Expect to finish a couple of projects, and leave with a few pieces in process.

Wax Figurative Carving Workshop with Kate Wolf    3 or 4 days    All skill levels welcome.
June 26-29, 2017,   Mon-Thur,  4 days, Wolf Designs,  Portland, Maine
September 20-22, 2017,   Wed-Fri,   3 days, Wolf Designs,  Portland, Maine

In this hands on workshop we focus on design development– turning rough sketches into working drawings and then carving wax. Students can come with their own design ideas or work on projects provided (Cat, Dog, Skull, Flowers and Leaves). We’ll explore layout; carving, faux granulation, texturing, piercing, hollowing, finishing and repairing. We will incorporate stones into our carvings. Learn how to rapidly and accurately remove excess material using the flex shaft for affordable milling processes. There will be live, highly magnified demos of many wax techniques. After each demo, Kate makes the rounds–checking with each student to see how she can help them.

Wax- Freehand Lathe and Carving Techniques with Kate Wolf  3 days, All skill levels.
May 8-10, 2017, Mon-Wed,  (9-5)  3 day, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine.
November 13-15, 2017,  Mon-Wed,  (9-5)  3 day, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas
Turn your flex shaft into a lathe! We’ll make rings, bezels, vessels and more… In this two day, hands on workshop we will use Wolf Waxes and  Wax Carving Tools to learn affordable lathe techniques using a flex shaft. Students will make rings, bezels for round cabochons and facetted stones; earrings, vessels, hollow beads and more. We will also learn how to hollow the waxes, play with surface embellishment, piercing, carving,  and heat techniques. We will attach bezels to rings and and finish the waxes.  Learn helpful shortcuts and use handy, efficient tools to get the most professional results out of your wax carving to create beautiful pieces, ready for casting. Kate will discuss how to minimize casting problems so you get the professional results you want!

Projects; Take it Further Workshop* with Kate Wolf   1 or 2 days. All skill levels welcome.
May 11 and/or 12, 2017,  Thu, Fri,  Portland, Maine.
*For those who have taken a class with Kate Wolf. Looking for a refresher on techniques that were covered in a previous class? Do you want to explore new techniques? Do you want help with a project?  Kate spends one-on-one time with each student, and like a trained monkey, does whatever demonstrations they would like on wax carving, finishing, design development, production issues and more.  Emphasis is placed on helping each student take their skills to a higher level, get fired up and have some fun. Bring ongoing projects or get a good start on something new. This dynamic workshop is always different as it is based on each student’s projects.

Mitsuro Wax  with Kate Wolf   2 days, hands on workshop. All skill levels welcome.
November 16-17, 2017,  Thu-Fri,  (10-6)  3 day, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas
Explore the ancient Japanese technique of Mitsuro, a soft wax that is stretched, folded and twisted creating striated ribbons called Hikime. This fun process creates beautiful organic forms that would be impossible to carve. We’ll cook a batch of Mitsuro Wax and make Hikime to create leaves, petals and ribbons for rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings and more. We’ll cover adding granules and incorporating stones. Students may cast their pieces in the Casting and Wax Carving Workshop or leave their waxes for CSJA to cast.

Casting and Wax Carving Workshop* with Kate Wolf, 2 days. November 18-19, 2017,  Sat-Sun,  (10-6)  2 day, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas
All skill levels welcome. *For those who have taken a class with Kate Wolf.  We’ll ready waxes for casting and each student will sprue, build a tree, invest and cast a few waxes. Bring ongoing projects or get a good start on something new. Kate spends one-on-one time with each student, and does wax carving demonstrations.  Emphasis is placed on helping each student take their skills to a higher level, get fired up and have some fun. Bring a few waxes to cast.