Thursday, May 30, 2013

Designing Jewelry with Components

Piles of cast components are rather exciting in and of themselves.

cast leaf components, 3 sizes

Suddenly the entire idea of breaking designs into components seems so obvious. Why didn't I do this before? Not only did I mold leaves in three sizes, but I cast my simple rock rose in three sizes as well.

cast rock rose components, 3 sizes

To work with the drawings I made before, I must combine these components in various ways. 

leaf design #9

For many of the designs I need "stems," so I formed two different lengths in sterling clay, fired, finished, and molded those as well, again allowing for extra shrinkage. 

long and short stem models, after molding

Once I have quantities of these components to work with, the fun begins. I dump them out on my work surface and start experimenting with different arrangements.

experimenting with designs from components
When I find something I like, the components are permanently combined. Because all the components were cast in Argentium sterling, I simply lay them out as desired, with good overlap, and fuse them together.

first fused design from cast Argentium components



2 comments:

  1. All of those components and so many options! Who do you use to do the casting? Or do you do it yourself?

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    1. I'm experimenting with options for different casters. These are from a local caster. I'm trying to get access to facilities where I could do it myself, since my class castings were better.

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