Wax Carving - Designing Jewellery from Soft Material (short course)

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Why study this course?

This course will give you the techniques to design and make your own jewellery. Our course is designed for those who are interesed in jewellery making, but are not experienced jewellery makers. 

More about this course

Our Wax Carving - Designing Jewellery from Soft Material short course is suitable for beginner and intermediate jewellers who want to add a new element of 3D making to their work. The course will show you different techniques using various waxes, which is a soft material that can be used at home and doesn't necessarily need special facilities or workshops for creation. The course will develop your understanding of three-dimensional vision, skills in soft and hard wax carving and how to transform wax into metal.

This course is aimed at anyone who is keen to make jewellery in an easy way and no previous jewellery making experience is required. The course will improve your understanding of three-dimensional vision through drawing skills and exposure to new material techniques. The course welcomes different levels of ability, catering to both beginners and those more experienced.

Upon completion of the course you'll learn how to go about having your pieces cast in metal from your wax carvings.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Course structure

The course starts with the first steps – using a block of wax and carving it to a high standard in a short time. You'll learn the whole process of designing jewellery, including all the details you need in order to build your confidence to start making jewellery directly after the end of the course.

During the course, you'll be introduced to:

  • working with a variety of waxes – specifically the main kinds of wax; hard wax (three types), soft wax, sheets, wires, etc
  • designing from 2D to 3D – you'll learn how to draw from three projections in order to understand a three-dimensional vision, and how to freestyle work
  • carving in different techniques (eg removal and addition from/to the material or engraving) while developing your ability to realise your work to higher standards
  • the process of wax casting and casting places in London
  • using wax carving tools, with a focus on using a number of basic tools and instruction on how to make these tools yourself

During each session you'll learn a new technique using a different type of wax. The session will start with instruction including examples and inspirations. The remaining time will be allocated to practice, in order to support your skills and improve technique.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • understand how to convert 2D to 3D
  • learn how to sketch and draw in three dimensions in order to help you to produce your final piece
  • apply and combine a series of different materials and techniques in jewellery making
  • design your own collection and start making it immediately by yourself

The course will also introduce you to the next steps of jewellery making upon completion of this course – you'll learn where to go and how to go about having your pieces cast in metal from your wax carvings.

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One?day a week for?five sessions
Day and time

Monday, 10.30am to 5.30pm

Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 30


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included in the course fees. The cost of casting your piece upon completion of the course is not included in the fees and will be payable by you.?

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.