It’s interesting, the process to making most jewelry, that is. How do these jewelry pieces come about? Well honestly, it’s a centuries old process- Lost Wax Casting. Yep, it’s a freakin’ old process. Some early literary works elude to lost-wax casting as early as within the first century, A.D.
First things first, carve the exact piece you want in wax. That’s it, a wax model. In this case- a Koi fish based off the tattooed Koi on this customer’s arm. It starts with a block of wax and then I start cutting down ’til I have the piece I want. Mostly cutting away the wax, occasionally adding wax to it as well. Eventually you come up with the final product to then be cast…
The next step for this piece is the process of burning the wax out creating a ceramic mold of the model. Thus, the ‘Lost Wax’ happens when the ceramic investment is placed in a kiln, burning the wax out, hardening the model to later be used as the crucible to cast the (gold, silver, platinum, etc.) metal in. Lastly, the final product is produced and ready for finishing!
We’re in it because of the passion. The yearning to create all the crazy ideas in our brain. Heart. That’s what drives the day-to-day. Paying the bills, is an additional bonus that comes with creating pieces of art.
But when a note like this arrives… Totally takes the passion & stoke to a whole new level. These don’t come often enough.
Banged this out for a client last month. Gorgeous. They’ve been married 29 years and the hubby never added wedding bands to the engagement ring. Ha! Well, the deed is done and it turned out all right, eh?!