Wednesday, June 22, 2011

final wax stage

This is the amethyst ring as finished wax model.
Next step, make a prototype mold.
Then inject a wax model into mold.
Then cast a metal prototype from wax model.
Then a production mold made from the metal prototype.
Then another wax injected model.
Then cast an actual metal ring.

Monday, June 20, 2011

moonlit pools

the weighty ghost of someone i once cared for lies against me today

nearly motionless
and in tiny ripples in moonlit pools
and cheap white wine

mingled with the smell of chlorine
and regret
and distance

and corporate offices
and awkward reunions
and denial as closure

p. k. dick

"Life is short, he thought. Art, or something not life, is long, stretching out endless, like concrete worm. Flat, white, unsmoothed by any passage over or across it."

from "The Man in the High Castle" by P. K. Dick

Friday, June 10, 2011


So I got the outer shank for the amethyst ring 'roughed in' today. (It has a crown (bezel area) salvaged from the door pendant.)

Did not think about the difference between a ring mount and a pendant mount and the crown/shank meeting gave me fits. And I could not get the shank style right - kept making it too nice and pretty. It is finally where it will (or will not) be, it now needs some 'chaos' added and I think it will work. After that, the inside shank must be filled in, rounded and smoothed. Then a general clean-up.

The bezel area has a strange 'flared square' shape that leaves prominent corners at the base. At first this seemed too bulky. Usually when working on a piece, an oddity will either become increasingly annoying, and scrapped, or your eye will normalize the unique design. So far leaning slightly to the latter -- hard to know in this case until it gets to the point of being metal: as worn, as felt.

I get the ring finished and another creepy pod pendant and I can do a 3-month-overdue casting.