On a recent trip to Parma, Italy I was introduced to wax fabrication, carving and the lost wax method. I found myself standing at a jewellers shop with my mouth wide open in astonishment at the work I was seeing. I went inside and sat with the maker who was soo genrous with both her time and knowledge. She told me that she had been introduced to wax carving and forming by her dentist and had never looked back since.
I was amazed at how she managed to mimic nature with the wax, wrapping strands around the shanks of her rings and adding foliage and stone settings for incredible detail. She told me about a six month course in Florence. As much as I would love to, I cannot just leave for Florence for six months. Does anyone know of a detailed tutorial that they could recommend? I cannot find any classes here in Ireland. London does have some but, once again it would mean being there for a few months just like Florence. I am more interested in fabrication using strands and building up detail with melted wax. Of course the core structure is vital too.
I know this is my next step as a jeweller and the style of this work will really compliment and suit my own signature style beautifully. Now its just a matter of building the skill.
Any tips. guidance or sources are very much appreciated.
Thanks so much,