How to Make Gold & Silver Jewelry | Jewelry Making

How to Make Gold & Silver Jewelry | Jewelry Making

Courtney Gray: Welcome to Creative Side Jewelry
Academy of Austin, online at I’m Courtney Gray. I started my school here, Creative Side Jewelry
Academy, four years ago. I’m here in Austin, and I’m going to tell
you about jewelry making today. Jewelry Making: How to Make Gold and Silver
Jewelry So, today I’m going to talk to you about one
way that I approach making silver and gold jewelry, and that is carving wax. I teach this here at the school. This is one of my favorite ways to create
jewelry. If you are doing rings, you are going to start
with a tube of wax. Cut your wax according to size and width that
you need. The purple wax is a little bit more flexible. The green wax a little bit more brittle. Order yourself a little kit. This is a process that takes patience but
luckily it’s very fun and relaxing to work with this material. One thing you are going to need to get to
cut designs out of wax is a spiral blade. This is a blade with teeth that go all the
way around allowing the wax to simply fall out of the teeth as it cuts. Start your blade and cut around. Now just cut a wider line so you want to be
sure to stay outside that line. These blades are wonderful. You can go in almost any direction with the
circular blade. Which is very unlike working with metal. Try to keep your saw frame at a ninety-degree
angle. I love wax because it lends itself to a more
sculptural look. You can make really dimensional pieces with
it. It’s very neat stuff. [Picks up a filing tool] This is a really
lovely tool. It’s double sided. There is a coarse side and a fine side. Then you can carve down using this tool. I use this tool for a lot of roughing out
and then I go back in with a finer tool like dental picks. A lot of wax carvers will use an Exacto-Knife. Once you’ve created your wax, you’ve got it
perfect, exactly the way you want to see it. Get all the little flaws out. Any scratch in your wax is going to show up
in your metal. I mean like ten fold. It really shows. You are going to spume them up. We use the word “spume.” It’s basically creating a feed line that goes
to your piece. And then we are going to attach it to this
button area here. This is a rubber base. You may not end up doing this part in your
studio. There is a lot of equipment involved. I’m sure you have a local casting company. We actually offer this service here. Creative Side Casting. Have them cast into whatever metal you choose. You are going to take your metal pipe. It’s called a flask. Used to fit right around without anything
touching the edges. And then your pieces are levitating in the
center there. OK? At that point we are going to pour a plaster
type material called investment into this opening, and it’s going to solidify around
your waxes. Kind of like a plaster of Paris type mold. Once it’s solidified we are going to take
this rubber base back off and put it in the kiln, burn it out over about an eight hour
burn out cycle. This is the centrifuge. I’m spinning the centrifuge spring so that
it is coiled up. It doesn’t look like it is really coiled,
but trust me it is. From the kiln, you’ll place it into the centrifuge
and connect the two. You’ll be melting your metal in this crucible,
which is kind of like a little ceramic oven and once it’s ready to go, you are going to
let the centrifuge go and it’s going to spin and shoot that metal into your mold. The flask will just dissolve in water. All the investment would just fall out. You’ll clean off the investment. Take your gold or silver jewelry and you’ll
saw it off and finish out any spume marks, and of course polish and sand everything.

21 thoughts on “How to Make Gold & Silver Jewelry | Jewelry Making

  1. Video is very informative and very well presented! What do you advise a beginner should start with: book, materials, take a 2 day intensive class? ??

  2. Hi I'm really into wanting to start making my own sterling silver jewelry. and I'm starting from scratch- do you have a facebook account? I would love to talk to you on Facebook video messenger- I just have so many questions like the materials I will be needing to your favorite tools to use. please message me back. my facebook account is I think if you just click that link that it will bring you right to me! thank you for your time and I look forward to talking to you (if you have the time).
    Brittany Lavin

  3. Just found this!
    My question is about using gold on silver. I'm ready to try using fine gold and fine silver together on a ring.
    The silver is the majority of the ring and the gold is to be decorative and in a channel or shallow cut or gouge.

    Will this work?
    I'm thinking of brazing on the gold to the silver.

  4. Hello, anyone knows a good book for beginners explaining the first steps, materials and so?
    Really appreciated

  5. If you want to make it yourself just look for woodprix website. There is all you need to make it 🙂

  6. hello there this is Joseph Stevens, I am a big fan of yours I watched all of your videos I really enjoy your jewelry making. I had a question if you don't mind, is vacuum casting better than certificate casting. also what is the best way to that someone can sell their jewelry pieces

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