Wax Working Techniques

Course Description

About this course

This wax working course will focus on introductory techniques used in creating wax models for jewelry and small metal ornamental pieces. Learn how to carve and sculpt a custom design, apply surface textures, and incorporate organic/natural elements to create a unique piece of jewelry. Student will being the class with carving and casting a ring (or two) in metal, then learning to sand and polish their work. Discover all the possibilities what you can create through wax carving and casting!

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 

There is a $30 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes various types of wax including hard ring tube wax, sheet wax, and sculpting wax, as well as various flexshaft attachments needed to carve and bur into the wax for styling and stone setting.

Students should bring 
  • Students should bring a sketchbook, pencil(s) and eraser for designing drawing.



Materials Cost




April 4 -June 6, 2019

Weekly on Thursday


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


9 weeks

No Class Dates

April 18

Make-up dates 
June 13
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