The Lost Wax Casting Process

It's late June and I am am busy as a bee carving and casting new jewelry in the studio.  In the lost wax casting process we melt down silver, bronze, gold and pour it into molds.  

 ...ready to cut and melt pieces of history (sterling silverware) for a new life as artisan jewelry. 

...ready to cut and melt pieces of history (sterling silverware) for a new life as artisan jewelry. 

The molds are made of a material called Investment (similar to plaster)  poured in iron flasks around wax trees made from the wax carvings we will cast into jewelry.  

 Image of a mold right after silver has been poured in it. 

Image of a mold right after silver has been poured in it. 

Each wax carvings is handmade, organically carved and filled with good energy -courage, compassion, bliss and abundance... meditations.  Each casting is a surprise as we see hours and weeks of work turn from fragile beeswax to silver, bronze or gold jewelry, heirloom jewelry that will last for many generations. 

 Hand carved, sculptural wax rings... 

Hand carved, sculptural wax rings... 

 Lost Wax Cast sculptural jewelry in recycled sterling silver. 

Lost Wax Cast sculptural jewelry in recycled sterling silver. 

This summer we will celebrate Carbondale Mountain Fair!  Come and see us July 24 -26, 2015 in Carbondale Colorado :-) 

xx

Crystal Hartman