Charming: One way to make a silver charm

silver heart charmMy blog is going through a bit of a make-over. When you visit, my wish is that you get inspired and maybe even learn something new. I want to share with you inspiring people, techniques or tools that I’ve come across. You’ll start to notice “process” oriented posts (beginning with today’s post). Like many projects, the blog makeover is a work in progress, but I’m excited where it’s heading. I will warn you upfront, I don’t always use standard practices, so keep in mind things you learn here are my own experiences and experiments. And the “tools” I use might just already be floating around your house. 🙂

Quick reminder:
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this cute little double heart charm on Thursday.
It’s also the focus of today’s post.

On to the story, I make alot of my silver charms using the lost wax process. I create the “piece” and then hand it off to my caster who casts it in what ever medium I’d like. 🙂 I have the option of making a piece in polymer, wax or really any substrate I desire. This one happened to have been wax.

Let me clarify, the double heart charm pictured above is NOT pmc (precious metal clay). It’s sterling silver. I made it several years ago by experimenting with my process. Normally, I would create a charm by pulling out the jewelers wax and stamp or carve into it but this particular time I wanted a raised design.

Jewelers wax can be purchased in several different thicknesses and consistences. This pink one is a bit on the soft side. You can get harder versions and even softer versions.

I took a sheet of the wax and set it aside. I also found a thick plastic report cover and carved my double heart design into the report cover using an xacto knife. Yes, a report cover! (bet you won’t find that tip in a book! lol) After the design was carved I used scissors to cut out the template.
I cut out the little “template” design (about 1/2″x 3/8″) and placed it onto the pink wax sheet. I folded a piece of regular wax paper (deli sheet) and put the template and wax inside. Then I ran it through my pasta machine to squish the pink wax into the plastic template. After pulling the two pieces apart, the template had created the raised effect I was hoping for. I added a wax loop, using a wax rod. (I’ll show that process another day)

I dropped off the finished wax piece to my trusted caster and he cast the piece using the lost wax process. Because the piece was made in wax and could easily be attached to a wax tree, I did not have a mold made. So this is a truly, one of a kind piece. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed todays post as much as I enjoyed sharing it!

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