4.5.2012   T.O.P. Crate Event  -  Mistakes Were Made

We presented the recent and ongoing Opulent Project, Mistakes Were Made. Over the last four years we have collected our rejected, less than perfect, wax models. Our collection of mistake waxes was on display as well as some cast bronze and silver mistakes. We selected pieces from the collection to “re-craft” into new models to be cast in metal, and we invited the public to both view and participate in our making process… and make their own mistakes!

Making wax models is generally the first step in casting metal jewelry. The wax model is then covered with a special plaster and is placed in a kiln until the wax melts out; leaving a cavity into which molten metal enters and hardens. The result is a metal version of the wax model.

Casting is a manufacturing process that lends itself to reproducing multiples of the same object. For our work, we often make rubber molds of existing jewelry and “remake” found jewelry over and over again. Generally, we do not alter the model until after the wax is cast in metal. For our Costume Costume Series we were most interested in casting exact copies of the original piece. It is not always possible to pull the perfect wax model out of a mold, so we are left with many, many rejects. Some are near perfect, some are hardly recognizable and others are anywhere in between. They are all accidents. Now we are using our accidental waxes to create a variety of forms and objects which we cast in bronze and silver.