With just one quick stroll around the mall, it’s easy to see that there’s no shortage of jewelry or jewelers. You’ll find entire departments filled with stock items in department stores and in the display cases at the mass-market jewelers. With such a wide assortment of mass-produced items, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the art of jewelry making is lost. But that’s not the case, thank goodness. Custom jewelry is still made by the hands of master craftsmen (and women) throughout the world. Here is a peek at one side of the custom process: working with metals.
The designer and client should meet and approve the wax- now is the time for any changes to be made. At this time, any appropriate stones can be placed to give the client an idea of what the finished piece will look like and to check for size, fit etc. Next the wax model is set up in a metal cylinder so that a plaster-like material can be poured over the entire piece. This is then set out to dry. Next comes the oven. This next step is critical- it takes a trained artisan to work the oven so that it heats to the proper temperature over the proper sequence of hours. If this step is not done properly the piece may be badly damaged or need a lot of repair.
For a gorgeous outdoor display that all will envy, consider the Saint Francis Fountain 51.25″ High. Add elegance to your patio, garden or walkway with the addition of this statue. Not only is this statue hand poured and finished using Old World techniques, it is easily installed anywhere you desire. The indoor/outdoor UL-listed pump uses standard household current and your water will flow with ease. As each St Francis Statue is handmade, you should expect to find variations in the castings, symmetry, finishes and detailing as this will make your statue unique. This fountain is made to order so it will take longer to receive, but the statue is more than worth the wait time. Your neighbors will be green with envy at the beauty of your yard.
Lost Foam Casting is a form of Investment Casting much like Lost microfusione acciaio inox. The key material of Lost Foam Casting is of course foam which is not used in other metal casting methods. The use of foam has many benefits to the artisan like ease of use and shaping and the relative inexpensive cost of the material. Each casting is going to be one of a kind since the original casting of foam is lost during the process.
The final mold is then ready and the molten metal is poured into it. After it has cooled and taken the shape of the mold, the shell is removed and the finished casting is available.
There is no doubt that Nepal is a country with a history rich in art and culture and the presence of so many antiques proves the point. Many people have devoted themselves to the preservation of such priceless antiquities. One example that comes to mind is the late Dwarika Das Shrestha who actively searched for, collected, and saved ancient carved windows which he later incorporated into the world renowned Dwarika’s Hotel.
Obviously, nowadays most antiques can be found only in the museums. But it must be mentioned that such priceless artifacts are worth seeing because they date back thousands of years and speak of the rich cultural history of Nepal. The National Museum is a treasure trove of antiques having on display, in addition to other treasure, almost a hundred stone and terracota statues dating from the 1st to the 19th century.
In the final step, the artist melts the silver and pours the liquid silver into the mold. Once solid, the mold is then broken open and the silver pendant is then removed once it is cool enough to be handled.