so on the left are the masters from which a mould was made. Then 2 pieces were cast from each piece. This feels revolutionary to me! already thinking next steps are collections...LOVE IT even with the risks of losing wax pieces if things go wrong. it is WORTH IT!
well since getting back my fist ever cast piece, I have been busy carving....there have been ups and downs with that process. I have been commissioned to make two bespoke heart charms these have taken me a fair amount of time but have provided me with fantastic learning opportunities. I carved these ready to be cast I also decided to make two additional pieces to have cast. A little puffed heart AND on a lunch date out with a good friend a mirror caught my eye that made me think that would make a good pendant or brooch! so I cracked on with that too. I also made a crucifix in metal as a master and had this cast and a mould made. All in all it was all very exciting. I sent them to the casting company.
Then....a call sorry Mrs Hobson by some of the pieces you sent we had an issue where the metal did not flow properly and the waxes you made are ruined. Can we have more waxes. The down side of wax casting is something goes wrong....its back to the beginning! This tested my commitment - BUT back I went to the wax and started again!
So i finally plucked up the courage, boxed up the wax and sent it off to be cast. This is all new to me and I felt nervous and excited but had prepared myself for it not being great. After all I am new to this kind of medium. It takes tonnes of practice. I sent it off and they cast it last Friday. They sent me to the bill and once I paid they put it in the post. We went for an early morning walk Saturday meaning I missed the postman so had to wait 24 hours to pick it up from the depot. Well what a surprise and it was worth the wait. Yes it needs tidying up, yes it is a little wobbly in places BUT overall for a first go I am proud of this. I feel like this has oped up the possibilities and I am not super excited. I am already working on my next wax model - this time it has been commissioned. I am also cleaning up this piece ready to have the master made and have 4 of the same piece cast.
Again I was also brave and rang the assay office to ask them about the hallmarking procedure, the costs and what are my next steps. My makers stamp is being made now and I have asked to have that sent so that I I do not hallmark the lighter pieces of silver then I can at least use my Makers mark from the assay office as a signature. It is all new and all exciting and all the while I am learning. This is a great hobby. LOVE IT