Wax Carving for Casting 1

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code JE041123JL
  • 3


  • $211 Tuition + $15 Materials Fee
  • $163 Tuition+ $15 Materials Fee

    Registration closes April 9th


Learn to design, carve, cut, weld, and file away wax to expose your model that can be used in the metal casting process. 

About this Class

This class will introduce you to wax carving along with its tools and techniques. You will have hands-on time laying out your design, carving, cutting, welding, and filing away wax to expose your model. These models are used in the lost wax casting process (we won’t cast the models in this class).


  • The $15 materials fee included in the cost of the class will cover all materials needed other than what students need to bring (below). 
  • Level: Beginner and beyond. No jewelry experience needed, but casting experience is recommended (we won't be casting the finished model in this class, so you will leave class with whatever wax you have carved).
  • We will take one 15-30 minute break if you want to bring food/ snacks. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.
  • Masks are required.
  • This class is a prerequisite for Wax Carving 2.
  • If you have no casting experience at BARN, we recommend you take Lost Wax Casting. If you want to enroll, this class fills quickly and is coming up right after Wax Carving class, so don’t delay!


  • Any carving tools you have that you would like to use
  • Design ideas you want to use or discuss
  • Magnification if you want your own
  • Apron
  • Wax pen if you have one
  • Stones you want to make a setting for. We probably won’t use them, but we can at least talk about them.


None, but access to casting is recommended. The casting or molding of finished wax is not included in this class.

Class Policies


Jody Lyle is a  goldsmith with more than 25 years' experience designing and making jewelry. She  graduated from the University of North Texas where she studied with Harlan Butt. She has continued her education through classes with masters, apprenticeships, trade-school training, skill-building classes, and lots of bench time. She believes in learning by doing, listening to others’ experiences, and looking at how things are made around you. Her main focus right now is wax carving, fabrication, chasing, and repoussé. She works mostly with silver, gold, steel, rock, and semi-precious and precious stones to create fun and beautiful pieces to be worn and enjoyed. Her work can be seen on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr

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