Handcrafted, inspired by old ways

A lot of techniques used for the production of jewelry haven´t changed fundamentally in hundreds of years.
The crafting process I use is also, in its principle, still the same as when it was used over a thousand years ago, to produce the original artifacts. The only difference is, that there are a few machines and materials today, that make process a little easier and a lot less time consuming.

After taking precise measurements of the original artefact, I hand-carve a copy in wax. Then I prepare a silicon mold of the wax replica, with which I can produce more wax models. Then the wax models are arranged and put into a metal flask and covered in gypsum to make a mold for the metal casting (in Viking times, a clay-mixture was used to form the mold). Once the gypsum has hardened, the whole mold is heated, so the wax flows out, and the molten metal is cast into the empty gypsum mold. Afterwards it´s just sawing off the individual pieces and finishing them up by filing, sanding and polishing.

In the whole process, no animal products are used.

  • Step 1:

    Preparing an accurate drawing from the original artifact. With either pictures or the original itself as reference.

  • Step 2:

    Hand-carving the replica in wax, after carefull measurements of an original artifact.

  • Step 3:

    Setting the wax model up for making a mold

  • Step 4:

    Covering the wax model in silicone (black) to make a mold

  • Step 5:

    Using the hardened silicone mold to make more wax models (light blue)

  • Step 6:

    Forming a "tree" out of the wax models ,to prepare them for casting

  • Step 7:

    Setting the wax models into a metal flask and covering them in gypsum to form a mold for the metal casting. After the gypsum is hardened, the wax is molten out and hot, liquid metal poured into the empty gypsum form

  • Step 8:

    Freeing the cast "tree" of objects of gypsum, after they´re fresh out of the casting

  • Step 9:

    Separating and cleaning the individual pieces

  • Setp 10:

    Finishing the individual pieces by filing, sanding and polishing