Reading some of the threads about wax carving makes me want to
try it again. My first and only experience (so far) with it was
somewhat frustrating and somewhat encouraging.
Several of us in my “silversmithing” class expressed an interest
in learning to work with wax and sending it off to have it cast
(casting is a different class). All of us in the class had been
taking at least a couple of years so we were beyond the rudiments
of figuring out what to design and bringing it to fruition. That
is until we met the wax monster.
It’s one thing to take sheet metal and saw and then solder and
add on to make a piece that resembles what you intended. It’s
another thing to take a round of blue wax and cut and file and
scrape away until you have something resembling a ring. There was
more than one of us (me included) grumbling about the process. I
kept paraphrasing Michelangelo by saying, “I’m just removing all
the wax that isn’t a ring. I’m just removing all the wax that
isn’t a ring.” It didn’t seem to help. Maybe because I didn’t
have a clear image of what the ring should look like so I wasn’t
sure when I had removed all the excess. One of our compatriates
never did finish his, and he is the one I considered the most
gifted in design. He just found the whole process too
I still wear the rings I made. They look just fine to others.
They make me smile when I look at them because I remember what I
learned about myself and the process of wax carving. I still have
a piece of wax I could make another ring from and do want to try
again, I just don’t have a design in mind. I look at the Swest
catalog occasionally to get ideas of what could be done. There’s
a stone I want to set in a ring but cannot come up with a design
I like. Maybe casting is the answer. I don’t know; but am willing
to wait until I’m happy with whatever design will work (and it’s
been 3 or more years now).
Well, I’ve taken up enough bandwidth. Thanks for letting me