classes Mirror Silver miniatures workshops
Carving a silver mirror wax modelApril 10, 2012
A few weeks ago I took another class with Jens Torp. Last year we asked him if we could do a wax carving which would then be cast in sil...
A few weeks ago I took another class with Jens Torp. Last year we asked him if we could do a wax carving which would then be cast in silver. Jens agreed to our plans and he encouraged us to all come up with our own designs for a mirror.
After a lot of research and sketching I decided to try and copy an existing mirror of which I had found a photo on the internet. I scaled the photo down to the right size so I could use it as my design. At the moment I can't find the photo of the original mirror in my files, so I will show you that at a later time.
Below are some of the photos I took during the class.
This is the result after three days of hard work! Nowhere near finished, but we still have 6 months until the wax carving is sent off to be cast. I should be able to get it finished within that time, don't you think?
We started with a block of wax, which had to be sawn to the right size and thickness and then filed to be absolutely flat, smooth, straight and with right angles. Then the first measurements of the design are copied onto the wax. These are my friend's hands working on precise measurements.
A good deal of time was spent getting it symmetrical. In this photo I wasn't quite finished with that yet, but the basic shape is appearing. I the background some of the tools I was using. Basically, anything that works for getting the shape you want can be used.