Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wax Carved Ring - a work in progress

Hello friends,

It's exciting to start resuming class again. It's only once a week for 3 hours, but I really look forward to it.
This term, I have been bumped up to the intermediate jewellery making class which is a little scary.

Our first project for the year is a wax carved ring. The beauty of this process is that there is very little loss of metal ( and expense) and multiple copies can be made.

I am not at all familiar with the process... but here is my understanding of it so far....

A jewelry item is made from wax by sawing/filing/carving. In our case, the class project is a ring prototype.

A mould is then made from the finished wax ring with plaster and then molten metal (silver in my case) will then be poured in to the mould. Somewhere in the process the wax is 'lost' during firing... this gives the process it's name........'lost wax carving'

The beginning of my rings. The fatter one will (hopefully) be a signet ring.

As you can see, I have not made a lot of progress! The larger one, which will be a signet ring, has been sized to my finger and partially shaped. It still requires a lot of refining... the top piece needs shaping and the ring band needs shaping and thinning out..... a lot of work ahead.

The thinner one is going to be more experimental.... holes and melty bits added to it... nice and organic... a bit of a play toy just to see what the wax can do when you have fun with it.

Well that's it for me today, hope your day is a good one.....


7 comments:

Regina said...

Wow, can't wait to see the finished ring or rings. Thanks for explaining the process, i did not know about it.

John L said...

Looking forward to the next stage.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I had a lot of fun with casting and I know you will too. I can't wait to see your finished rings! Have fun!!!!

Maplegirl said...

I can't wait to see what you decide to 'carve' in the end. Sounds so exciting. Andrea

Annette said...

It's always nice to have something to look forward to each week. It will be fun to see the finished rings!

MaryL said...

How interesting!! Can't wait to see your results! :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

This fascinates me - what sort of wax do you use? and how do you carry out the design? is there a way to scribe it on or will it be totally by eye? I have always wanted to get my hands on some! ALthough my sculpting is horrific. I can't wait to see what you make.

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