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IN THE STUDIO

Wax to Gold - The Process

Katherine Kramer

My favorite part of making jewelry is seeing my vision for a piece come to life. From the first initial spark of an idea and jotting down quick sketches, it all starts to take shape in the wax. Some carvings begin to take shape quickly, while some I end up carving multiple versions of until I decide on the perfect one (this is where my perfectionism takes over often to a fault!).

The two wax carvings that I had cast to decide which would become my master model.

The two wax carvings that I had cast to decide which would become my master model.

After casting the wax models and choosing the master, things really start to take shape. Soldering a silver band onto the initial master and polishing it up a bit allowed the vision to truly start to come to life!

 

The master model, with the stones laying in place. This is where it gets fun!

The master model, with the stones laying in place. This is where it gets fun!

A less glamorous shot of the master after getting its mold made.

A less glamorous shot of the master after getting its mold made.

With a fresh master and mold its time for the GOLD! Picking up castings is like Christmas morning every time. Sometimes its like the Christmas as a child when your parents completely ignored your beanie baby requests and you were left disappointed. BUT when that casting comes out beautifully and just as you had hoped it's like the best Christmas morning ever! This was one of those Christmas'.

 

BAM. There she is.

BAM. There she is.

Now all this beauty needs are her stones set and a sparkling high polish!

 

Swoon!

Swoon!

And here she is in all her glory along with the daintier version of her. I loved the combo of the tapered baguettes so much I felt like multiple versions were in order (as often happens when I become obsessed with a new piece). Now that both of these beauties are complete I'm on to dreaming up more variations of this design! It's just such a beautiful transition from my earlier baguette pieces - if I do say so myself - Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!