Hand Carving and Casting Workshop

Custom pair of engagement rings carved in the likeness of snake skin and rock textures with bezel setfresh water pearls that my clients found while eating oysters together on the East Coast.

Custom pair of engagement rings carved in the likeness of snake skin and rock textures with bezel setfresh water pearls that my clients found while eating oysters together on the East Coast.

Hand carving wax is a fun and intuitive technique to create many types of wedding bands. This process works lends itself to organic forms, if you want your band to be flush with your engagement ring, bands that have some type of visual or physical connection to one another, intricate detailing and more. Unlike the fabrication workshop, this workshop is three-fold.

First, you and your partner come to my studio and with wax files, wolf wax carving tools, wax saw blades, sand paper and other jeweler's tools, you carve each other's rings out of wax.

Second, I will have your bands cast by a local, expert jewelry caster in the precious metal alloy of your choice. When the wax rings are complete, a safety mold can be made of each band. This ensures that if the ring is ever lost or stolen that another can be made in its likeness.

Third, once cast, the metal must be finished or finalized by either sanding, polishing, or both. You two will have the choice of either having me complete this process or visiting my studio for a second time to take a short polishing workshop.

Keep in mind do to the nature of a more intensive process, rings initially carved out of wax will be completely finished within 2-3 weeks of the initial workshop date if no extra elements are desired or 4-5 weeks if they are.

 

Here is the complete cost breakdown for the Wax Carving and Casting Workshop for Two:

The final cost of your rings will be the total of the Wax Carving Workshop Price for Two, metal cost and any extra elements should you want them.

 

Private Workshop For Two -                  $575

Casting Fee (both rings) -                          $ 80

Additional Polishing Workshop -           $325

Polishing by Allison -                            $200

Safety Mold (each ring)-                        $ 70

 

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Extra Finishing Touches

please note that stone setting and custom work may take up to four weeks to complete after your workshop date.

 

Stone Setting:

Flush Round Setting (.05-.50 carat)                          $ 80 per setting*

Flush Round Setting (.51-1.0 carat)                         $115 per setting*

Flush Round Setting (1.1- 1.5 carat)                        $150 per setting*

Additional Fee if setting is inside the band             $10 per setting*

Channel Setting (.05-.50 carat)                                $ 70 per setting*

Channel Setting (.51-1.0 carat)                               $105 per setting*

Channel Setting (1.1- 1.5 carat)                              $140 per setting*

Custom Setting (prong, bezel, pavé)                    Cost will vary upon design*

*Stones are not included in the price

I am happy to discuss your stone and stone setting needs. Please email me with any questions or inquiries.

Engraving pricing can be sent upon request.

 

Custom Design and Fabrication           Cost will vary upon design**

**I love a challenge. If you would like a band that goes beyond the conventional style I will problem solve, design, create, fuse and deliver a solution through the sixteen plus years of my metalsmithing background and tool box. Due to the individual nature of each ring, the amount of time and skill will vary depending on your desired design.

 

Sourcing

A word about sourcing. All of my metal is 100% recycled and from a provider that has been an eco conscious refinery for over one hundred years and is the first refinery to regularly carry Fairmined precious metal. I am committed to supporting Portland's local artisans. That is why all precious metal casting and stone setting is done by the best professionals within Portland, Oregon proper.

 

 

 

Wax model, copper pierced model, finished 18k gold band.

Wax model, copper pierced model, finished 18k gold band.