Lost Wax Casting
The other main technique She employs is lost wax casting. Lost wax casting is an ancient technique, oldest examples date from over 5,000 years ago and evidence of the development of the technique can be found in ancient cultures on every continent except Australia. This type of metal forming has changed very little since it's ancient beginnings. It starts by carving or shaping a model of the design the artist wants in wax.
In ancient times beeswax was shaped into a model then encased in sand or clay to create a mold. Today we use specially designed watertight metal containers and plaster. The model is mounted on a wax rod and placed in the metal container. The plaster-like formula is then poured into the container surrounding the model. It dries and is heated in a special kiln. During the Heating process the wax burns out as the plaster mold hardens allowing metal to be poured in its place.
Adding Interest to Design with Mixed Metals
Incorporating different metals can be a fun and unique way to manipulate your design. Mixed metals have increased in popularity providing new opportunities for designers to play with color and evoke different aesthetics. Practically, many women enjoy wearing mixed metal pieces because it allows them to layer other jewelry pieces together. Different shades of metal in a piece can highlight stones and design features or soften and lighten areas that require less emphasis.
Gold is a great option for incorporating color in your design. Not only can jewelry be made in white or yellow gold, but in a variety of colors. By adding certain alloys in small amounts gold colors can range from pale yellow to rosey pinks and reds, and even shades of green. Most recently, Stacey has enjoyed mixing shades of gold and palladium in the wonderful anniversary ring shown below.