Work in Progress
A look into how a hand carve my pieces and the process they go along .
Hard wax is used to create the form of a slug crawling along your body. I carefully carve into the wax to create marks and dents that a slug would have. I hollow my model out to make the end piece wearable and not heavy.
Once the shapes are carved I then set the stones one by one into the surface securely with tools and wax. This stage of the process is the most challenging due to the uncertainty of how the different stones will react to the temperature and placement.
After the wax models are finished they are placed in a kiln to melt away the wax which molten silver or bronze replaces creating a replica of the wax model.