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

Workshop Descriptions


See 2018  Workshop Calendar Here

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

February 21-25, 2018, Wed-Sun,  Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas

March 19-23, 2018,  Mon-Fri, New Approach School for Jewelers, Arrington, Tennessee. WAITLIST

April 9-13, 2018, Mon-Fri, Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico   WAITLIST

May 21-25, 2018, Mon-Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
$950 includes materials.  One spot just opened up!

July 30-August 3, 2018, Mon-Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine $950 includes materials. REVISED DATES!

September 10-14, 2018, Mon-Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
$950 includes materials.

October 8-12, 2018, Mon-Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
$950 includes materials.

Oct 29-Nov 2, 2018  Mon-Fri Rio Grande, Albuquerque, NM

November 12-16, 2018, Mon-Fri,  Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas

Intensive: 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  days    All skill levels welcome.
April 16-18, 2018,
Mon-Wed, 3 day,  Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Figurative: 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 Figurative & Projects Carving Workshop with Kate Wolf
May 1-4, 2018,* Tues-Fri,  Black Ops Barn, Upperville, VA (*intermediate-advanced, previous students only) 
September 21-23,*
   Fri-Sun,  3 days, Wolf Designs,  Portland, Maine WAITLIST
(*all skill levels, previous students only.)

Figurative and Projects *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.

Wax- Freehand Lathe and Carving Techniques with Kate Wolf  3 days, All skill levels.

June 25-27, 2018, Mon-Wed,  (9-5)  3 day, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine.

Lathe: 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!

Rings, Rings, Rings Wax Carving Workshop with Kate Wolf , June 28-29, 2018, Thur-Fri,  (9-5)  2 day, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine.
All skill levels.

Rings:   In this hands on workshop we’ll be working with Wolf Milling Wax, carving rings with and without stones. Learn how to layout, trim, size, carve, hollow and finish waxes. We’ll explore surface textures, flame techniques and use Wolf Relief Wax to make raised decorative surface embellishments. We’ll use Wolf’s Touch-Up Wax to adjust settings and fix surface imperfections. Learn time saving techniques using the Wolf Trimmer to quickly and accurately remove the bulk of material. We’ll discuss how to make your pieces to minimize casting defects.