All our pieces are handcrafted using the ancient metal casting technique of Lost Wax. Metal jewellery and sculptures using the lost wax method have been recorded as far back as five millenia. Our process draws from a long lineage of sculptors and makers, directly connecting us to artists from the deep past. This technique allows for intricate textures and designs that aren’t able to be achieved with other forms of metalwork. As our pieces are heavily influenced by organic shapes, lost wax allows us to execute intimate intentional designs.
We begin the process by carving your piece from wax. Every detail is crafted and refined by hand, taking time to ensure it is perfectly balanced and reflects the design concept. At this stage, we can also set gemstones, embedding them into the wax model.
The carving is then attached to what is called a ‘tree’ with a wax sprue. This wax tree is then covered in a plaster mold, after which it is fired, allowing the melted wax to flow out, leaving a hollow where the wax pieces used to be. Molten metal is then poured in, filling the space to take on the shapes of the wax. As this process subjects the embedded gemstones to such high temperatures, the only stones that can withstand this process are diamonds, rubies & sapphires. Once cooled, the casing is broken away to reveal the metal pieces. They are then each cut from the tree, filed, sanded and polished.
Below, a bronze lost wax sculpture of an apple, before sprues have been cut from the piece.
Though the process has been used for thousands of years, modern advancements have allowed for a more precise and efficient process, whilst still maintaining its incredible heritage. Below, two hand crafted bespoke pieces in 9ct yellow gold featuring green sapphires. Here you can see how delicate organic textures and shapes of the wax sculptures have been translated into precious metal.
It’s not known exactly where the lost wax technique was forged but archeological records suggest that this practice has been used as far back as the fifth millennium. Ancient lost wax sculptures have been found in a variety of different forms and surface patterns, exhibiting cultural signatures of their place and time across the globe.
Pictured below, the ‘Dancing Girl’ a prehistoric lost wax sculpture cast in brass. Estimated to be forged somewhere between 2300–1750 BC in the Indus Valley civilisation in what is now modern day Pakistan. This piece can be found in the National Museum of New Delhi.
Below, the Libation cup, cast in bronze using the lost wax technique. This vessel has been dated between 235–185 BC. Found in India, attributed to the Maurya-Sunga period.
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