Moxy Metals

Waxes for custom shoe hardware.
May 19, 2010, 10:00 pm
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Above is a wax I carved for custom shoes I am building.  Below is his mirror opposite twin:

These pieces will sit in the center of the foot above the toes, sort of at the nexus of straps for a fancy flip flop.  I hope to post pictures of the shoes when they are finished in two weeks.  These were and hand carving challenge, because they are mirrored (left foot, right foot) I couldn’t just make a mould duplicate my wax, I literally carved the two to match by hand.  I cast them in copper and have since been experimenting with finishes.  I’ll probably stick with a solid blue enameled finish, but I haven’t decided yet.  I’ll post images of the finished shoes later on.  These waxes are about 1″ x 1/4″ x 2.5″ and were carved from blue plasticene carving wax.


Enameling Sample: Double Circle Pendant
May 19, 2010, 9:46 pm
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Here is a sample pendant from my enameling class.  I like the way the transparent blue transitions into the opaque cornflower blue.  What a fun little workshop!  Enameling is so satisfying to teach when the ambient air temperature is warm enough so that people’s work doesn’t crack.  I could even wear this piece, I think…which is not how I feel about some of the larger scale pieces I make.  Sometimes I think I should just do little one-a-day projects, and be done with it.  Perhaps as an addition to other things…we’ll see. This piece is copper with transparent and opaque blue enamel, it’s about 3″ in exterior diameter.

Stone Setting Sample: Googly Eyed Fish
May 19, 2010, 9:40 pm
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Each time I teach stone setting I create a demonstration bezel setting for the class.  I got so sick of making flush settings that I started to create designer back plates.  This one is my most recent…not nicely finished, but there you have it.  I realized in looking through a lot of the samples I keep in my tool boxes the googly eyed fish is something I keep going back to.  It’s a fun shape, and it’s not that common, so I’m sticking with it.  This one features sterling silver sheet, a fine silver bezel (not finely set, I was rushing!) and a lab-grown ruby (cough::fake::cough).