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Upper West Side, Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
At W 76th St
New York, New York 10023
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Susan Barth

What you'll learn in this wax carving class:

Students attending this class will learn to carve wax using files and burs, how to apply heat to build up or add design elements to your wax model, and finishing techniques to obtain a clean casting.

This class is for beginner and returning students. Working in wax offers jewelry students the necessary skills and tools to create jewelry with a sculptural feel. Susan works with students individually to develop projects that will lead them through this organic process. Possible projects include bands, drop & stud earrings, pendants. Simple clasps and connections, hinges, or stone setting can be incorporated into returning students’ designs.

The instructor will let students know where to take their wax models to be cast and once their metal piece is brought back to class students will be instructed on the techniques used for finishing it so it's ready to wear.


Q: Is the school disability-friendly? 
A: Yes. The JCC is completely accessible. You take an elevator from the lobby down to L3, and the studio is in the hallway to the left of the elevator bank.

Q: Do you provide a letter of completion? 
A: No

Q: Are materials provided and included in cost of the class? 
A: No, the items below will be purchased as a set from metalliferous.

Tool list:
  • German made dividers (adjustable tip model)
  • Grobet wax file 8"
  • Wooden file cleaner
  • degree spring gauge
  • Economy needle file set - cut 0
  • Stainless steel handle
  • 5" adjustable sawframe
  • Double battery wax pen
  • Metallic blue file handle - small
  • 1" firm felt square edge buff & knife edge buff
  • 2 pcs. wax sawblades & one package of 2 sawblades
  • Ruler
Important additional items to be brought to class:
  • 1 soft bristle toothbrush
  • 2 sharpe black ultra fine line permanent markers
  • 1 pack of four double a batteries
The school operates on a credit only policy and does not issue any refunds unless otherwise advised and approved by a program director, or only in the event that the school must cancel the program. The credit can be redeemed for any program (and most services) at the school, can be used by any family member on your account, and carries no expiration date.

For programs that meet fewer than 3 times: during the costs and booking commitments associated with one or two-shoot programs, the school regrets that they cannot offer any school's credit for programs, classes, or events that meet fewer than three times per programming season. Additionally, the school cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing any credit for programs missed as a result of personal scheduling conflicts, illness, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond their control.

For programs that meet 3+ times: students may receive school's credit for withdrawal from a program when their cancellation request conforms to the timetable outlined below. There is a $15 processing fee for all transfers and cancellations. 50% school credit will be granted for withdrawal from a school program when a written request is received before the second class. After the second class, JCC credit cannot be granted. (however, students may transfer from one class to another of equal or lesser value if there is space availability and with the program director's approval.) All cancellation request must be submitted to CourseHorse at [email protected] Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your cancellation request and be mindful of the timetable described above.
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