Bill Roberts, Ornamental MetalsmithCustom Design Metal Arts by BILL ROBERTS, Ornamental Metalsmith

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Making the wax masters....

I originally started the pattern making in clay. Quickly found I wasn't satisfied with the detail I was able to get (and keep). So switched over to wax, starting first with a soft wax that you could manipulate. So I could "forge" it. Still trying to do it the "old" way. To get the detail worthy of making molds and taking the project to the next level. I settled on Hard Carving Waxes, which enables you to get unbelievable detail. I felt I was truely making "house jewelry" for the first time since I started this metalsmithing journey.


Once you have a scale drawing of the elements, you just transfer them to slabs of carving wax.
This gives you the basic outline and most of the detail lines.

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