Wax Carving Intro - Virtual Workshop

Course Description

About this course

This wax working course will focus on introductory techniques used in creating wax models for rings and small ornamental pieces of jewelry. Learn how to carve and sculpt a custom design from wax, apply surface textures, and incorporate organic/natural elements to create a unique piece of jewelry that you can cast in the future! Discover the myriad of possibilities for what you can create through wax carving! 

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frame. A link to the Zoom room will be sent via email. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Patrick McMillan

Patrick McMillan is the jeweler and metalsmith behind McMillan Metal. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and his Masters of Arts from the Birmingham School of Jewellery in England. With over 15 years of experience in the field, he has worked for a number of companies and small businesses as a production jeweler, blacksmith, stone setter, and in metalwork repair.  

Since 2009, Patrick has resided in Rhode Island and has spent his time building up his personal studio practice and teaching jewelry and metalsmithing at School One High School and The Steel Yard in Providence. Patrick owns and operates The Bench in Pawtucket, RI, a creative studio space for jewelers and metalsmiths providing access to tools and equipment with affordable workspace. 

Materials & Tools 

Students will need to have the following materials in preparation for this online workshop. If you do not already own these, we have provided a recommended item and/or a vendor from which you can purchase these items. Click the vendor name to the right of each item to be redirected to the page where you can find or choose the item. The quantities you need for each item are listed first. Do be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. If you have to purchase any of these items, please order them as soon as possible due to longer than usual turn-around times. We recommend not opening the packaging until the day of the workshop. 

Items labeled as optional are not necessary to complete this workshop, but highly beneficial for the process.

Only get the optional wax burs if you have a rotary tool to use them with (flex shaft type tool). 

  • 1 x 6 inch medium purple flat top wax tube (Contenti - item # 164-789)
  • 1 x cordless wax pen (Contenti - item # 170-265)
  • 1 x 7 tool wax carving set (Contenti - item # 170-228)
  • 1 x economy ring tube sizer (Contenti - item # 170-488)
  • 1 x package 0.74 mm spiral saw blades  (Contenti - item # 400-263)
  • 1 x economy jeweler's saw frame (Contenti - item # 400-342)
  • 1-2 x sheet(s) 400 grit 3M WetorDry (Contenti - item # 210-044-30)
  • 1-2 x sheet(s) 600 grit 3M WetorDry (Contenti - item # 210-044-15)
  • 1 x round wax wire assortment  (Contenti - item #171-704)
  • 1 x wax bur assortment 1/8 inch shanks (Contenti - item # 330-129) OPTIONAL
  • 1 x alcohol lamp (Contenti - item # 300-020) OPTIONAL
  • 1 x large flat and half round wax files (Contenti - item # 230-634 and 230-635)
    • OR get the set of 5 wax files (Contenti - item # 230-630) OPTIONAL
Students should bring 

You may also want to have the following useful items available: 

  • apron
  • safety glasses 
  • hand-held brush for cleaning wax residue
  • #2 needle files or any small metal files (make sure to clean them first)
  • flex shaft or other rotary tools (only if you are going to use burs listed above)





July 13 -14, 2020


4:00 PM -5:30 PM


2 days

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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