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Metals A Summer Session 6

Metals Summer Session 6
August 9-21, 2020
Ruta Reifen
Ready, Set, Wax!

Students in this workshop will use several wax-forming techniques to complete a set of designs prepared for metal casting and primed for stone setting—including bezel, prong, and basket settings. We’ll learn subtractive methods using carving wax with files, burrs, and carving tools, and we’ll work additively with soft waxes using wax pens and other modeling tools. We’ll cover different approaches to surface embellishment and wax production considerations like mold making. After our designs have been cast into metal and properly finished, we’ll be set to set! We’ll practice basic stone setting and preparation for outsourced stone setting in the future. All levels. Note: This studio has stairs that compromise access; it is made partially accessible by a stair lift. Code 06MA

Studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute (NYC), Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Israel), 92nd Street Y (NYC), Metalwerx (MA); work sold in more than 20 jewelry and lifestyle boutiques in the US and Europe.

gold band with pink, green, and white jewels
Ruta Reifen, "Monde Ring," 14k gold, multicolored sapphires, lavender amethyst; 3/4 x 1/2 x 1/2 inches