Professional jewelers Dante and Danielle of D & D Workshops joined us at the No Tox Life store to teach a ring making workshop and we are in love with what we created! 😍
Dante and Danielle met met in undergrad at California State University Long Beach while studying in the Fine Arts program. With a shared love of all things brassy and bright, they joined forces to create a series of beginner workshops teaching the art of Lost Wax jewelry making.
The great thing about the lost wax method is you can carve anything you want out of wax, and have it transformed into the metal of your choice (brass, silver or gold). The wax carving represents exactly what the finished metal piece will look like, so once everyone had sketched and Pinterested their designs, they got to work molding, shaping, carving and polishing wax.
Some of the attendees had zero experience with jewelry making, and a few had made pieces before. Dante and Danielle gave their expert advice each step of the way to ensure the pieces turned out perfectly. Everyone enjoyed gourmet vegetarian panini sandwiches for lunch – jewelry making is hungry work! Then everyone finished their pieces, and the wax shapes were carefully packed to go to the metal casting shop. Two weeks later, after being cast in the metal of choice, the rings were polished up and mailed out to each attendee, a fun surprise.
Do you dream of DIY? We have new workshops every week at our store; check out “Workshop” tab at the top!