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. Wed, 4/17/2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Sun, 4/21/2024 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sun, 4/14/2024 - Sun, 4/21/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio

Jewelry Making, Casting, Free at BARN

Free at BARN is Made Possible Thanks to Support From:

Bainbridge Community Foundation


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.


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

Karin Luvaas

Karin Luvaas is a Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler with a degree in encaustics, painting, and metal sculpture. She has studied under numerous jewelry masters including Blaine Lewis, founder of New Approach School for Jewelers in Tennessee, and achieved graduate jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world-renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco. Karin also is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate. Her current work can be seen at

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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