Stone-in-Place Wax Carving with Scott Millar
Stone-in-Place Wax Carving with Scott Millar
Stone-in-Place Wax Carving with Scott Millar

Stone-in-Place Wax Carving with Scott Millar

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Course summary:

Wax carving is one of the most flexible ways to make jewellery. Add in some stone knowledge and you can even have your jewellery carvings cast with the stones in place. The possibilities are endless.

The process involves creating a wax ‘master’ which is then sent to a professional casting house to be magically turned into a silver replica.

This unique way of making jewellery can lead to a level of intricacy, fluidity and exploration of form that is not possible when working directly in metal.

During these two days you will learn

  • Various caving and sculpting methods using a block of jeweller’s wax.
  • How the casting process works.
  • How to design a piece of jewellery that incorporates stones and work with body position.
  • How to embed stones into wax for a successful result.
  • A basic knowledge of gemstones and how to source them.
  • A range of finishing techniques in silver.

Scott aims for this course to have an experimental approach with encouragement to take risks to develop something that is truly unique. You should bring a few points of visual reference materials to start you on your way.

You will leave with a piece of wearable jewellery, whether that be a ring, bangle, pendant or earrings.

Students pay for their own castings and you will learn how to estimate these costs as part of the course. As a guide a simple ring will cost £20 to £25.

There is a one week break between sessions to allow the castings to be completed.

Tutor biography:

Scott Millar is an experienced goldsmith and tutor based in Brighton. His work uses a combination of silver and 18ct yellow gold in with colourful gemstones to create fun, refined, elegant and playful jewellery. Using handmade traditional techniques, Scott's modern approach to mixing colours and materials leads to striking pieces.

Alumni of the world-renowned Royal College of Art, Scott has held senior workshop positions with a number of high-end jewellers making bespoke pieces in gold, platinum and diamonds. He has also served as acting judge for the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards.

Previously holding posts as Head of Teaching with Holts Academy of Jewellery (now the British Academy of Jewellery) and as a lecturer in Fashion Jewellery with London College of Fashion, Scott is the Head of Teaching with us here at Atelier Beside the Sea.

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Refreshments provided:

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the class.

What to bring with you:

All materials are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, including a generous amount of wax as well as a selection of gemstones to choose from.

You are welcome to provide your own gemstones if you wish, but you are advised to contact us for advice on which stones are appropriate to withstand the casting process.

You may also wish to collect some visual reference materials and a sketchbook and pencil to make notes and sketch out ideas.  Please refer to the course description for any addition costs.


If you would like to develop your skills in this area this course is perfect to attend time and time again as you will be supported to advance your techniques in each session.

Atelier Beside the Sea also has a range of Jewellery courses.

Specific advanced courses will be added as we develop our range of courses throughout the year. Please check the MAKE section of our website for course details or alternatively sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive regular updates.

Booking terms & conditions:

You can view the MAKE booking terms & conditions here.

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