Stone Settings in Wax

Course Description

About this course

Give your gemstones a jewelry home – create in wax to set in metal. In this two-day workshop, you will be guided to complete a set of designs utilizing different wax-forming techniques, primed for stone setting. Creating bezel settings, prong settings and basket settings will all be addressed as well as how to prepare your wax models for metal casting.

Students will work with carving waxes and learn subtractive methods, using files, burs and carving tools, as well as how to work additively with soft waxes, using wax pens and other modeling tools. Different approaches to surface embellishment in wax production considerations (like mold making) will also be covered.

Finishing of metal castings as well as stone setting will be demonstrated in class, along with how to prep for outsourced stone setting in the future. There will be no casting of these models in class, but discussions on how to outsource your castings will occur. 

Introductory techniques, and more advanced processes will be elaborated, with a focus on ways to develop your designs. Plenty of variations will be given to accommodate all levels.

Meet the Instructor

Ruta Reifen

Ruta Reifen was born in Jerusalem, Israel, where she received an honors (magna cum laude) B.Design in Jewelry Design from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Israel) 2009. In 2011 she received and honors (magna cum laude) MFA from the Jewelry + Metals department at the Rhode Island School of Design (United States).

Ruta keeps her own studio practice in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (NY). Continuing  a decade of her own Art-Jewelry practice as well as working for other brands, Ruta Reifen Fine became the studio focus organically in 2015, as special orders kept coming in. Ruta's teaching experience includes the Rhode Island School of Design (RI), School of Museum of Fine Arts (MA), Pratt Institute (NYC), Shenkar College of Engineering Design (Israel), Bezalel Academy of Art (Isreal), 92nd Street Y (NYC), Brooklyn Metal Works (NYC), Penland School of Crafts(NC). Ruta is the creator and co-founder of Platforma, a curatorial initiative that promotes contemporary art jewelry.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $50 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes a blue wax ring tube, blue wax wire, a Max Wax pen, a selection of different shaped cabochon and faceted stones, as well as various burs and other tools needed to complete the projects. 

Students should bring 
  • X-acto knife or sharp hand-held blade
  • any stones (simple to unique shaped) you may like to create a wax model around
  • sketchbook or notebook
  • writing utensil 



Materials Cost



Ruta Reifen


November 3 -4, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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