About the class

This 4-day class teaches you how to hand-carve wax models for larger faceted stones under the guidance of experienced Instructor and Metalsmith Jim Dailing. We will cover design options, structural needs for durability and longevity, the various available waxes, the tools needed, and possible methods for creating a design in your aesthetic. Once we have our waxes carved, we will learn how to sprue our wax prototypes in preparation for the burnout process and, finally, cast. From there, we will focus on the best methods for cleaning up our newly cast projects. Join this hands-on wax carving and casting class, so you will have the opportunity to create your own unique 3-dimensional pieces with large set stones.

Here are some of the benefits of taking this class:

  • Learn how to hand carve wax prototypes for larger, bezel-set faceted gemstones.

  • Learn about the various waxes that are available for jewelers.

  • Learn the best methods for spruing, burnout, and casting.

  • Learn how to clean up your newly cast projects.

  • Network with other jewelry makers and learn from their experiences.


All wax and tools are included. Jim Dailing will bring in large faceted CZs for purchase, or we will have some for sale in our retail store. Casting grain not included. Each cast piece will be weighed, and the cost of metal will be calculated and paid for in class. You are also welcome to bring your silver casting grain or clean silver scraps with no solder. (If you choose to bring gold casting grain, bring at least 1oz or call the studio in advance to order)


Beginner to Intermediate. Some carving/casting experience is helpful.


  • Instructor: Jim Dailing
  • When: Monday December 4th, 2023 — 4 days, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
  • Where: 775 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City UT 84106
  • Registration: Click here for more. Cost $925

About the Visiting Instructor:

After watching a friend skillfully cut an opal during college in 1977, Jim Dailing knew that he had found an outlet for his creative passion. He spent the next 10 years furthering his education and gaining experience in a variety of metalsmithing techniques. His enthusiasm and genuine love of the craft is evident in every piece created. He designs unique engagement rings, wedding rings or anniversary rings. He incorporates personal elements into the design well beyond jewelry design; architecture, furniture, and nature. All these elements are utilized in creating a custom ring design that is stunning visually as well as personally empowering. With sources for award-winning gemstones and the skill to alloy much of his own metal, Jim creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to suit a variety of styles and budgets. He also has experience incorporating recycled metals, such as a grandmother’s wedding band or other family heirlooms. He teaches workshops all around the nation with a focus in goldsmithing, alloying, stone setting and wax carving.