Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry

Be Water My Friend . Sculptural Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet by Crystal Hartman

Handmade jewelry, contemporary art paintings, prints and illustrations, Visual Poetry and video installations by Crystal Hartman.  Whimsical, Carnal, Sculptural Delights individually carved and cast into predominately recycled sterling silver, bronze and gold, set with sustainably sourced, natural stones -Turquoise, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Sugilite, Rosarita, Sapphires, Opals- in Durango Colorado, USA.


Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry ...the process of Lost Wax Carving and Casting. Follow our inspirations and process on Instagram

Crystal Hartman Art Jewelry ...the process of Lost Wax Carving and Casting.

Follow our inspirations and process on Instagram

The Lost Wax Carving and Casting Process:

With hot, hot wax I draw and build organic forms on mannequins and around stones.  Each of these sculptural and adornment pieces are added to a wax tree and placed in an iron flask.  Liquid investment (similar to plaster) is poured around the tree creating a mold, which is then placed in a kiln to melt out the wax and raise its temperature.  I then melt sterling silver, bronze or gold at 1900 degrees and pour it into the hot mold.  Let it rest for a time, then slowly dip the castings (investment mold) in water.  The mold breaks and is cut away leaving what was once the tree of wax and is now silver, bronze or gold.  The individual pieces are clipped from the tree, sanded and cleaned, bails and posts are soldered on, and the work is tumbled.  Stones carefully set in place, I buff and polish each jewel; and, they are delivered to their new homes.

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Oh deer!  From the Animalia Jewelry Line by Crystal Hartman, individually carved and sometimes adorned, predominately recycled sterling silver and bronze, sculptural deer rings... now available in the store!

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Sculptural Sterling Silver and High-Grade Royston Turquoise Bracelet

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Sculptural Sterling Silver Ring by Crystal Hartman

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Reoccuring Butterfly . Featured Artist at Studio Colfax, Denver Colorado... The paintings and illustrations of Crystal Hartman will be featured at Studio Colfax during the month of April, 2015, opening reception on April 11th!  Hope you can join us for the celebration of artwork and springtime!