This spring, I’ve been working on trying new designs in wax. As always, I love playing with organic shapes and forms in wax – be it tangled vine forms or more structured images using curvature and texture of leaves and bark! I decided to layer my vines a bit more densely in a series of medallions for bracelets. This is the result:
This piece is paired with malachite rounds and sterling silver clasp. I curved the medallions post-casting for contour on the wrist. But, let’s back up a bit. I started out with just the wax, upon sculpting:
Then, I attached sprues of wax to each piece, to make a little tree:
And then placed it in the flask. After adding investment (a type of plaster), it all goes in a kiln to bake away the wax, then the molten silver is forced into the mold. After MUCH cleaning, they were ready for final construction as the bracelet!
I’ll have more casting posts in the future, showing other styles of molds. Look for these at my shows this summer!