Introduction to Lost Wax Casting

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Introduction to Lost Wax Casting

Learn the basic skills of creating models starting with a wax piece and finishing with a metal piece.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 10/28/2023 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Sat, 11/4/2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sat, 10/28/2023 - Sat, 11/4/2023


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Class, No Prerequisite

Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio

Jewelry Making, Casting


This introduction uses an assortment of waxes and materials. You'll learn general information and some of the history of different methods of lost wax casting — from creating a model to completing the metal casting. Some hands-on time is included to make a model, then you will sprue and invest your model.

Pieces are burned out in time for the second class, when metal is poured. Also covered are techniques for cleaning up and finishing metal casting.


  • While different waxes are introduced, this is not a wax carving class.
  • One 30-minute break is planned. If you want to bring food/ snacks, you can use the refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.
  • Registration closes Oct. 23.


A $38 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all materials needed.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jody Lyle

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 and 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 pieces to be worn and enjoyed. See her work and on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr.

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