Cast Wax

Lots of my rings are made from casts, either from found objects (like the bejeweled owl) or from things I've made and wish to repeat (Camel ring). Its only a good method if you don't mind a rather weird and lumpy version but its cheap as chips, really easy and interesting to see what comes out. Stuff you might need:

Here sits our ring maker with a selection of things you might want to use for this exercise.

  1. an object you want to copy.
  2. clay, or something like clay that will stay soft when you poor hot wax on it.
  3.  wax, this is injection wax but candle wax would still work.
  4. something to heat wax with.
  5. a cutting thing and pokey thing, these are dentistry tools but they can be anything

First thing to do is to press the face into the wet clay being careful to only press straight down...

and then push the clay in around the object before removing it by carefully pulling... 

So you end up with a negative copy which you can pour wax into.

Melt your wax and pour it into the mould and leave it until completely cold.

Now you are ready to get your new wax positive out...

Voila. Use you cutty and pokey items to remove excess wax...

Now you are basically finished... You need to decide what you want this item to become...

a ring...

a necklace...

or a broach...

We decided to make a broach with ours so after checking to make sure that the pin fits in the back we need to add a platform of wax for the pin to be welded to once our face is in metal.

Now its time to take him to the casters. I hate welding so I'm going to ask the casters to weld this pin together.

If he was going to be a ring I would use the red wax- squished ring technique to create a band before bringing him to the casters and if he was a necklace I would have made two little holes for the chain to go through.  

Here is the camel beautifully cast in silver....

and here on my jacket ready for an outing...

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