I am new to wax carving, teaching myself through books and videos. I
hope to take a class but logistics are difficult.
I am carving designs into simple pendants, in an organic/distressed
sort of style, starting out simple, using blue Ferris wax. I am
sending them out to be cast in sterling silver, and I plan to
oxidize and tumble them myself. I sent the first two out, and the
caster returned metal models with the carving redone, with the
following explanation: “The lines that were put in and also the
engraving was not deep enough to make the model casting. We cast the
wax as you had sent it, and after noticed the detail in the piece
was not there. Our model maker tried to put the detail back after
the piece was cast.” The redone carving was slightly different than
what I had done, and not to my liking.
I am fairly confused, as I thought that one of the benefits of wax
carving was the intricate details that could be carried over to the
cast piece. The pendants I am doing are flat, with a picture, sort
of a sketch, on the front. I want some of the lines thicker, some
thinner, as you would in a drawing. My models had the lines carved
with some depth, they weren’t simply a light line drawn on the top.
They also had some intentional pits, marks and uneven areas, which
were all smoothed over in the metal model that was returned. I am
not looking for a smooth refined finish, but one with the details of
the picture and the distress marks, which will be highlighted by the
oxidation. I had advised the caster that the pit marks were
Would/could someone share their thoughts on if I’m missing something
about the casting process, my expectations are not realistic, my
technique needs adjusting, or if I need to change my approach with
the caster? Thanks in advance.