For a while now I've been wanting to try the ancient technique of wax carving. I attended a day class at the London Jewellery School yesterday and really enjoyed it and I met some great jewellers along the way too! It can be quite lonely working from home so it was nice to work with other people even if only for the day.
With this technique, you can achieve much more 3D forms than using wire or sheet metal alone. A carving of the piece of jewellery to be made is initially made from wax, whether it's from a block, tube, sheet etc). A silicone mould of the wax piece is then created so that molten silver, gold or other metal can then be poured into it to recreate your piece in metal and bringing the design to life!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was a refreshing change to using just metal but also a lot messier(!) - it was so easy to work with due to its softness but there's still a lot of time and effort that goes into making designs from wax.
It was a really interesting class to attend to learn some essential techniques and it's safe to say that I will definitely be using these new skills in my own work.