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Vertebra Study 1
January 16, 2010, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Winter 2010 | Tags: , ,

Vertebra

This vertebra link was a quick test for a programmable paragon kiln we just inherited at 3rd Ward.  I am interested in skeletal and spinal structures at present, and would like to create a linkage based on vertebrae.  In addition to inheriting the kiln, we also inherited several ounces of PMC (precious metal clay).  Unfortunately, this clay was too hard to model by hand (it should be about the consistency of sculpy) but I was able to carve it with my flex shaft (dremmel tool).  However, because this was a test piece I didn’t spend a great deal of time making it “finished” as I wasn’t entirely sure the new kiln wouldn’t just melt it!  But it works, thankfully.  The piece is apprx. 3/4″ wide by 1/2″ tall, in very clean sterling silver.  It is extremely light weight, which might be due to its shrinkage – the kind of pmc I was working with was high temperature, quick fire PMC plus, but it still shrinks 15%.  Still, the test of the kiln was successful, which is exciting because it will function as an enameling kiln, a PMC kiln and a burnout kiln for Bev, who will run our first ever lost wax casting class this spring!  Hooray!  Now onto more finished vertebra related pieces…look for them in the near future.

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