‘bear hug’ original, waiting (on a luggage tag) to have a rubber mould taken of him
I’ve been working on the new necklace this week, wondering if i’ll
be able to have him ready before MARKit
(!). So far so good – here he is (above) ready to go back to the casters. An original design usually goes back & forth between the bench & the casters about 3 times til that early process is finished. So here he is at the end of stage 2. I’ve added a couple of pics (below) to show you some of the process.
Here he is at the start of stage 2. At this point he is the only one i have, he was originally carved in wax, sent to the casters & returned in silver. He is really heavy (it’s hard to make things fine enough in wax) so it’s time for a crash diet..
I loved how chubby he was so instead of removing metal from the outside, i took it from the inside, the reason he’s black is that i made a section too thin & had to resolder him!
Cleaning him up now that he’s in silver allows me to get finer detailing & a good surface as well as being able to make him the weight that he needs to be – he’s now ready to be sent back to the casters, this time for rubber moulding.
Here is his first progeny, destined to become a necklace..*so proud*
I’m happy with how he looks but he still needs a hallmark + a place for the chain to go through.
To make the hallmarked plate i use 2 x letter stamps & a gooseneck 925 (silver) stamp & a small piece of silver plate.
so here’s nearly the end of stage 3..he just needs a bit of polishing then he heads back to the casters to make a mould of him as a necklace!
so, fingers crossed i’ll have one to show you at MARKit this sunday 🙂
..& i’m hoping to have the other new necklaces on the website some time this week!