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Begining wax carving

Hi, Im due to begin wax carving & would love to hear of any advice
on this topic

Kind regards


You can find several papers I wrote on wax carving and construction
on the following blog:

Take a look at them. If you have any questions you can contact me

Lee Epperson

practice alot…planing is esential never try to wing it, drawing
and having clear image in your head,

As a complete novice in this particular field, I’ll leave it to the
true experts to point you in most directions, especially if you want
to carve accurate and geometric forms or settings. Still, I love
carving, and have a couple of ideas that might help…

Even if you have 20/20 vision, get a real good magnifying glass to
check fine detail, and work under the best light possible. My eyes
are no longer what they used to be, and I finally lashed out and
bought a very expensive pair of optical loupes with a focal distance
of around 12", the sort surgeons use; with them I can see and get
detail that just wouldn’t be possible for me otherwise. I love them.

Be adventurous when it comes to the tools you use… I don’t much
use the cheap set of ‘wax carving tools’ I first bought!

My favourites are two common or garden four inch round head nails
with the pointy end annealed, forged into a broad pointed curve and
an arrow head, both of which have been well sharpened and polished. I
also use wood and clay working tools and old dental tools begged from
my dentist.

Clean up every scrap of wax shavings when you decide to stop for a
while and do something else - odd bits of wax getting into other work
are a nuisance!

If freeform and sculptural designs are your thing, be prepared to
become totally addicted. Be patient, take your time, take regular
short breaks… and have fun.

Hello beginning wax carving friends: I’ve taught many people to
carve over the last twenty years. My advice to you is find someone to
allow you to watch over their shoulder. Ask questions to the point of
picking their brains. My carving tools are mostly hand made except
for my files and they work perfectly. There’s no substitute for
hands on training. That’s what gave my my leg up. My new motto in the
industry is “here’s what I can do that CAD can’t do”… there is no
machine that can take your place. Making mistakes is no doubt your
best teacher too!

Margie Mersky