PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
I'm at the point in my project where I'd like to start carving my waxes for my silver castings.
I'm intending to make 6 bands from the blue coloured carving wax. I've been experimenting with different tools and techniques but I'd like some input from you guys.
I am by no means a jewelry artist. The only knowledge I have in the field is what I could scarcely finds on youtube and talking to some of the metal artists at my summer residency.
I have a set of files and wax shaping tools as well as access to a rotary tool. I'm looking for suggestions for online tutorials, affordable tool suggestions and any sort of advice.
I'm not looking to make these elaborate by any means. Simple, crisp and custom to fit my teeth.
Thanks for all your help and participation.
Ps Part II of Silicone moulds is coming this week!
Really coarse files are needed for this wax: ordinary jeweller's files clog almost instantly. You will also need a file brush to clean the wax files. You can use large, coarse ball-burrs in the rotary tool too.
My own preference for working is to rough the shape out with first a jeweller's saw with a spiral wax blade, refine that with a scalpel (shaving the wax, rather than cutting it) and then file. After the shape is finished, you can make it very smooth with fine BRONZE wool, which is a bit like steel wool but is made from bronze and which leaves no splinters of metal in the wax. You can get this stuff from places which supply cabinet-makers. After that, you can polish the surface with paraffin oil on a soft cloth. Don't be too rough or use too much oil, just enough to moisten the surface.
Don't be tempted to try using a flame on anything fine: the details will just vanish. In order to join sections of wax, I use an electric soldering-iron to melt the surfaces to be joined, or cyanoacrylate glue.
Perhaps a dental lab might be able to help you with this project as they use technologies very similar to jewellers. Are you adept at 3D modelling using CAD? If so, you could have the waxes milled or printed from your 3D models.
Thank you so much for your input. This is really helpful!!