By Hand!

By Hand!

I have been hand carving wax for 40 years, including 18 years as a model maker for the jewelry industry. In this paper I’ll go over some basics and a few wax carving projects, sharing techniques and approaches I wish I had known when I started.
Now What?

Now What?

You’ve carved a few waxes or made a piece in metal that you want to mold and have cast. Now what do you do? If you’re new to the business or this is your first time working with a caster, it can be confusing.
Cut Loose Part 1

Cut Loose Part 1

The most natural way to make things is to build. When you erect a house, for example, you pour the foundation, construct the frame, put up walls, and so forth. The same process of addition is used in jewelry fabrication. To create a ring, for example, you may form a...
Cut Loose Part 2

Cut Loose Part 2

When creating a one-of-a-kind piece, I usually take a cold RTV (room temperature vulcanizing) mold of the master wax pattern, inject wax into the mold, and cast the injected wax. Although you can count on the master wax pattern getting damaged in the molding process,...
Sketch Artist

Sketch Artist

Learning three-view drawing–a detailed drawing that shows the front view, top view, and side view–is easy, affordable, and essential. All jewelers and sales staff should know this basic skill.