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wax carving tutorial 1 by flintlockprivateer wax carving tutorial 1 by flintlockprivateer
So here we go, when you get jewelers wax it either comes in blocks or slices. The slices are cut on some sort of band saw or something that leaves them very rough and hard to draw on, the first thing I do after I determine the size of the wax piece that I need is to file the surface smooth with a hand file. since I am just going to kind of wing this one I just sketched the design on with a pen filled with white ink. I added a few elements to the design to show different aspects to carving to make a more interesting tutorial, i know it's kind of cheesy but bear with me. I am using a block of wax about 5/16ths of an inch thick (about 8 mm), I don't personally like pendants that are flat on the back so I am going to do a full round carving that is will be slightly compressed to avoid being too heavy.
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74k3SH1 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
duuuude, what a badass tutorial. I love it
ashenXnight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
What?? You just "sketched" that? You are a robot o__o Also, white gel pens never work well for me. They can't make more than a 2mm mark with out skipping. Your wax carving skills are amazing =o
PSanto Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Artisan Crafter
You can try matt smooth surface wax tablets, they come ready with a smooth finish so no filing or less filing necessary
Kiwi-Fox3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Can I ask you where you order your wax from? and what specific type/brand do you use, and why?
lacy-jae Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey! I've just been in a casting class this semester and found your tutorial quite helpful! I'm wondering if you can go a little more in-depth with some of the finishing techniques? I can't seem to find much on getting a smooth finish besides emery, nylon, etc... but yours are far nicer than anything I've been able to get. Any help would be awesome. :)

LOVE your gallery by the way. Every time I'm doing a wax I wander through your pieces. :)
flintlockprivateer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, honestly I do 99% of my finishing of the wax pieces with my hand tools. I use a lot of scraping tools to very lightly work the surfaces over. I have never tried nylon. I use fine sandpaper sometimes for large surface areas.
lacy-jae Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That helps a lot, actually. Thank you. :D
TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic tutorial!! Thank you for posting this!
SownCarcinogen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Student Writer
This is awesome, a great tutorial, that I hope you'll go more in depth with as you finish off the piece. Also, you might consider linking to the next part at the end of each. A list of the tools you're using would be appreciated as well.
Thanks for the tutorial!
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