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Contemporary Jewellery Making: Lost Wax hand-carving

1 March - 29 March
17:30 - 20:00

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Contemporary Jewellery Making: Lost Wax hand-carving

This course, consisting of four sessions and a trip to a professional jewellery workshop has been designed to develop the participants’ basic metalworking skills.

Participants will learn the craft of wax carving and how to complete their pieces after casting. Wax carving lends itself very well to the creation of organic and fluid forms that cannot be made with sheet and wire. There will be set projects as well as the opportunity to experiment and develop bespoke designs.


Course structure:

Session 1 – 01.03.2020

• An introduction to jewellery making techniques and the jewellery design industry (20 min.)
• Template 1: Making a ring or two using a basic wax-modeling hand-carving technique, following a template and the instructions of the workshop leader.

Session 2 – 08.03.2020

• An introduction to wax-modeling using a mould and natural materials (Shells, beads, seeds etc.)
• Template 2: Make a pendant using natural materials, following a templated and the instruction of the workshop leader.
• Exploration of shape and texture in wax-carved three-dimensional jewellery pieces.

Session 3 – 15.03.2020

• An introduction to free-form max-modelling using a wax-gun for abstract effects.
• Template 3: Exploration of form, texture, and other qualities of wax-modelling technique with a wax-gun,
• Following given template & free-mind experimentation.

Session 4 – 22.03.2020

• Visiting a professional jewellery workshop.

Session 5 – 29.03.2020

• Finishing casted models to a high standard.


About the instructor:
Born in Dagestan, Russia, Naida Abbas is an award-winning jewellery designer, artist, and educator. Nadia discovered her love for jewellery at an early age and pursued degrees in both art and craft in her native Russia.

Throughout her years as a student, Abbas constantly developed new techniques for jewellery making and worked on commissioned pieces, creating and designing customised pieces for her clients.

In 2002, she moved to Abu Dhabi, where she began designing various high-end jewellery collections for commercial entities such as Number 8 Diamond, 4 C’s Diamond and Damas, focusing on customised, bespoke pieces.