Lapidary Journal, December '02 on casting concludes, and each time
I look at the piece that represents what is being created, I wonder
how could someone "design" something that would be a better example
of a complete lack of design.
Hi Richard, I had a very similar reaction, I think it was a year ago,
to a project in Lapidary Journal’s Step-by-Step section. The S-b-S
editor, who admits she is just now learning about jewelry (how did
she get the job?), made a star shaped Christmas bauble by wrapping
silver wire haphazardly around some form, and randomly threw some red
and green beads on it. Truly ghastly. I wanted to write Merle White
(the LJ Editor) and ask, “What the h***?!?”
I privately wrote to an Orchid member, who has written for LJ in the
past, and asked her reaction. She hadn’t seen it yet but promised to
get back to me. Her reaction was like mine, but in conversation I
decided, “Different strokes for different folks.”
Bearing in mind that LJ is geared more toward the hobbyist/amateur
(certainly no disrespect intended) than the professional, it could
be argued that the presentation of the techniques is more important
than the specific design. In essence, learn these skills and apply
them how you would, to your own designs.
I don’t think the project is being presented as an example of how to
design a piece to be cast, but to expose the reader to a series of
techniques they might add to their repertoire of wax working skills.
Sure a Spectrum award winning design would be nice, but would it
present the series of different techniques exposed in this project?
Maybe you could write a Step-by-Step article about good design
practices and techniques to counter the influence of those less
As a side note, LJ sure is getting much thinner these days, but
through the ups and downs, I still look forward to the arrival of
each month’s issue.
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)