I cast my wax impressions yesterday and was delighted with the way they came out, especially a new element that I used! I think it has a lovely lacey/croched look to it which is exactly what I was wanting.
I have realised that this technique is something I really enjoy working with and would like to use it to make some elements for my interchangeable jewellery. I would like to start by making a few bracelet ‘tops’ and see where that takes me.
I have been exploring other avenues with my jewellery lately, and focusing more on function and forms that will be practical to the functionality of my jewellery. I have realised though, that I’ve really missed working with my passion for pattern and texture. This has been reflecting in my ‘inspiration/ working wall’ for quite some time, and yesterday I thought it was about time I did what I love: play with pattern!
So…I got out my clay and wax and started making impressions. I’m really excited to see what will come from this batch , it’s always such a surprise to see the result of a cast.
I have come across a new technique that I am really enjoying working with. What I like about it is that it allows me the freedom to play and explore the matter I’m working with and literally be able to ‘draw’ a pattern straight onto the metal.
I think the layered affect creates a depth and richness to the surface of the metal and gives it the feeling of worn away pattern beneath the more promenant ones.
I enjoy the element of surprise at the end because you never know exactly how the outcome is going to turn out, so the piece of ornamented metal at the end of casting has a strong influence on what the final piece of jewellery will become.
You basically press, draw or imprint whatever you like into a piece of rolled out clay:
You then pour some melted wax onto the clay and press it across the surface with the palm of your hand, pressing the wax into the dents.
Once the patterned wax flakes are all peeled off, they are invested and cast in silver.