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Introduction to Wax Carving

with Josh Murray

Sample Clip

In this DVD Josh takes you step-by-step through the sculpting process of carving wax to produce a working master. Wax masters are used in the casting process for sculptures and jewelry making, and in this lecture, Josh carves a low-relief belt buckle that he later has cast in silver. Using a modern version of this traditional medium and utilizing the subtractive techniques of traditional carving can be a powerful tool for maximizing accuracy and efficiency. Using common hand and power tools Josh demonstrates simple relief carving from the rough cut-out to identifying low points, shaping, beveling and adding wax to create new elements to your sculpture. This DVD is a useful fundamental process for sculptors of all levels. Instructor for this title: Josh Murray

  • Tools of the Trade
  • Layout of Patterns on Wax
  • Using Depth for Relief Carving
  • Development of Form and Effect
  • Carving Fine Details with Hand Tools
  • Adding Wax for Build up and Repairs
  • Smoothing and Finishing
  1. Tools
  2. Sample Demonstration
  3. Preparing Wax
  4. Layout
  5. Cutting Profile
  6. Establishing Low Points
  7. Rounding
  8. Smoothing
  9. Addition of Wax
  10. Final Touches

  • Product Code: JMU01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-842-5
  • UPC: 805366017224
  • Duration: 91 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Digital Download

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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Josh Murray


Using diverse mediums Josh Murray has proven to be an accomplished sculptor; his work with wax, clay, foam, wood and metal has shaped his career over the last fifteen years. Josh currently splits his time between his custom jewelry business and his work as a member of the Motion Picture And Television Sculptors Union, Local 755. He has worked on films such as Transformers 2, GI Joe, Hancock and Land of The Lost. Josh has also spent time sculpting for Disney's amusement parks as well as working on a three year project building small scale models and statues for Aiins World. He has been doing freelance work with special effects and entertainment construction companies for most of his career. Josh's ability to show incredible detail in each piece of Jewelry he creates is what makes him and his style unique.