Lost wax carving and casting is one of the skills used to create Laconic pieces. It's one of the most ancient methods of making jewellery, dating back around 6000 years. It was commonly used to make sculpture, ornaments and, of course, jewellery!
Wax comes in a variety of forms with varying flexibility. Lindsay carefully chooses which wax to work in based upon the complexity and detail within the design. The carving process is one she finds relaxing, with each stage of the process having its own ritual.
The wax is sawn, filed and prepared before carving, using a variety of tools to achieve different marks on the surface. During this process, Lindsay finds that the design reveals itself within the wax as it is being carved, with each mark made revealing another detail.
Once these shapes are formed, they are then sent off to master craftsmen to cast using the lost wax casting method. This is a specialised technique in itself, where the waxes are positioned to look like a ‘tree’ and encased in a plaster mould. The wax is burnt out, leaving an impression for the molten metal to be poured in.
These require more work before they can be made into jewellery…