Process

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

 

Setting Stones

A handful of new jewelry is cast and now we are setting mountains of beauty!  Natural stones, turquoise from Nevada, Arizona and Colorado, high grade turquoise! Chrysoprase, Blue Chalcedony, Watermelon Tourmaline and Pearls in Colorado handmade silver jewelry.

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Stay posted, pictures of the new handmade jewelry coming soon! 

xo

Crystal Hartman

Art Jewelry

Durango Colorado

 

Lost Wax Casting Process

We are busy bees in the studio making investment molds around carved wax that will be melted out and filled with recycled sterling silver and bronze... the traditional lost wax casting process.  After carving our new designs, we build a wax tree with them and then, create an investment mold around that tree in an iron flask.  Here is a picture of this part of the jewelery making process.

 

Mold making in the traditional Lost Wax Proces

Mold making in the traditional Lost Wax Proces

Next, we will melt out the colorful wax, heat the molds overnight in a kiln and in the morning, pour liquid silver or bronze into these flasks, filling the spaces where wax used to be and creating handmade silver jewelry and artisan bronze jewelry.... 

 

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Investment molds in the kiln... 

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After silver is poured into the flasks, it looks like this...   Cooling for about an hour we keep our metals stron and happy before breaking the mold and beginning the metal clean up and finishing process. 

Silver Casting Temperature: 1910 degrees F,

Bronze Casting Temperature: 1960 degrees F

xo

Crystal Hartman

Durango Colorado