Seminar of Casting Jewelry & Metal Sculpting

Cast jewelry is one of the oldest techniques of silversmithing. First we make a wax jewel (model made of wax) and then we turn it into metal through the process of casting.The seminar is aimed at those who wish to discover the world of cast jewelry and metal’s plasticity. Through wax sculpting, micro sculpture and forging metal, participants learn how to create plastic forms by making three-dimensional jewelry and other objects.

Seminar’s instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis

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Seminar’s program:

1st cycle – Cast jewelry using soft  wax – 28 hours / October 13 – December 1, 2017

2nd cycle – Micro sculpture on hard wax – 36 hours / January 12- March 9, 2018

3rd cycle – Metal sculpturing using the repoussé technique – 40 hrs
Advanced group: October 7 – December 16, 2017

Beginner group: March 23 – June 8, 2018

The syllabus of the seminar will be completed in three courses (cycles) of a 96 hours total duration. Classes are taking place throughout the whole academic year and each course (cycle) is standalone. Participants can also attend only one course (cycle).

1st cycle – Cast jewelry using soft wax

2091635Introduction into the world of small three-dimensional forms – small sculptures / jewelry – by taking advantage of the fact that soft waxes are easy to mold.
Jewelry is made entirely out of wax and then wax is replaced by metal in the process  of casting.
We will create various different types of jewelry such as rings, bracelets, earrings and brooches.
We will use various techniques: stencils, embossed, engraved, decorated with granules.
We will create textures and prints to enrich surfaces.
Then we will place minerals and rocks in our jewelry in special cases and will connect their individual elements with joints and welds. In the end directions and advice will be given for the finishing of casted objects.
The sources of our inspiration will be forms of our environment (organic – inorganic), jewelry from antiquity to the present day and visual artwork in general.

No previous experience is necessary to attend this course as all of us from an early age have dealt with the molding of various soft materials such as clay, plasticine, etc…

Workshop Duration: 28 hours / October 13 – December 1, 2017
Courses Day: Friday, 17:00 – 21:00
Number of participants:  6 to 10 people
Participation fee: 280 € + VAT 24%
Course instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis

Materials that will be used in the seminar are charged to the participant.

2nd cycle – Micro sculpture on hard wax

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In the second learning course (cycle) participants will learn various silversmithing techniques on specific hard waxes. How from a relatively soft material such as wax, one can create a three-dimensional object-jewel, which is then converted to metal. In this technique the object is formed by removing material from a three dimensional wax object.
Due to the nature of the material (hard-inelastic), we have the possibility, using some tools to build any form (small sculpture), any object (jewelry) and decorate its surface with all raised categories.
In the end directions and advice will be given for the finishing of casted objects.

Workshop Duration: 36 hours / January 12 – March 9, 2018
Courses Day: Friday 17:00 – 21:00
Number of participants: 6 to 10 people
Participation fee: 360 € + VAT 24%
Course instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis

Materials that will be used in the seminar are charged to the participant.

3rd cycle – Metal sculpturing using the repoussé technique

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While with cast jewelry the interesting part are the forms (because they are easy to be made), with “handmade” jewelry we get to know about metal. How do we weld two pieces of metal using fire and why do they sometimes melt; How can a flat sheet of metal can be forged and acquire volume? What is the repoussé technique? How can we make a case for a mineral out of metal sheets?. When does a sheet tear and when does it bend without cracking? Under what conditions can a spiral wire maintain its elasticity? How do we attach two pieces of metal without gluing them?

Workshop Duration: 40 hours
Course dates for the advanced group: October 7 – December 16, 2017 / Saturday 11:00 – 15:00
Course dates for the beginner group: March 23 – June 8, 2018 / Friday 17:00 – 21:00

Number of participants: 6 to 10 people
Participation fee: 400 € + VAT 24%
Course instructor: Dimitris Nikolaidis
Materials that will be used in the seminar are charged to the participant.

Knowledge of basic silversmithing techniques is prerequisite for attending the third course (cycle). Amateurs can attend the first course (cycle) – “Origins”- of the contemporary jewelry seminar in order to learn basic silversmithing techniques.