We use the ancient art of Lost Wax Casting as our main form of creating our work. We cast in bronze, sterling silver and 14k gold. Every step of the process is done in-house in our South Louisiana studio.
Each piece starts with a drawing that moves to 3 dimension when I take it to wax.
Once the pieces are completely carved they are added to what we call a wax "tree" and a plaster like mold is made of them.
Once the mold hardens the flask is heated up so that all of the wax melts out (this is the lost-wax part) and leaves behind a void of exactly the wax that was carved.
The empty mold is then heated up to the temperature of the melted metal so that when we pour the metal in it will fill in all of the voids.
Once the piece is cast the mold must be dissolved in water.
Once the mold is fully dissolved we can clip the metal jewelry off of the tree and begin to buff and finish it!