21 November 2010

foxy


Blimey I have been so lazy this weekend, haven't moved much from my bed actually!
The week at work has been very busy what with the new collection I'm making...nearly there!

These letters are actually from one of our very first women's collection from 2006 {ish} and looks like they are still being ordered in Tokyo {thats where these are going} They are designed to hang on that necklace. We found those letters in the market. They were originally carved from Ivory, and we casted them in silver. Most intricate items of jewellery are casted {it would be way too time consuming to carve each piece individually} and most of the time they started life as a block of wax.
There are experts who specialise in just carving, making charms and rings etc... or now even laser carving machines, but thats too technical stuff for me to comprehend!
This weekend, I had a go for the first time carving in wax to make a mould. Its good fun and i did it on a tray in bed!

I made a fox's face...

it is about 1cm big. We might go ahead and make a mould from it and then, if it looks any good, you can buy one!
I'm thinking tiny diamond eyes perhaps? mounted on a little ring or on a fine chain?


I used some tools that came from an old watchmakers tool box that we also found in the market, although i think there are proper tools that you can buy too. Also, the wax is especially made for this kind of carving, it takes tiny details and is quite hard. Now I'm busy thinking what to make next, a bird maybe?

27 comments:

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  2. :-o I am in total awe of your little fox...he is beautiful! I love your blog by the way, I've been following you silently for a while now! Much love xxx

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  3. I love your fox's face, so beautiful!

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  4. Foxy indeed! I love it!
    You have lots of talent! Love your blog too :D

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  5. with fiercely glittering diamond eyes
    the wearer of this little guy would be one foxy lady! =)

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  6. What a sweet little foxy face!

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  7. Wow, that is so amazing! X

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  8. He is beautiful. I love wax carving - you can get all sorts of tools for the job from places like Walshes and Cooksons.

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  9. how amazing to cast your own design! it looks fantastic

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  10. WOW!!! That's amazing! So little and with such detail and all from your little hands. Clever you!!!

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  11. Oh my god, I love that fox so much! Please do make it into a necklace, so, so beautiful, swoon....

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  12. Oh wow, you are so talented!

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  13. That is a fantastic skill. Very impressed.

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  14. You are so talented, can't wait to see him with little diamond eyes. Brilliant.

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  15. A fox ring with little diamond eyes - I can't think of many things more wonderful!

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  16. Oh my gosh I remember my first time carving. It was a mess! It was meant to be a hand and ended up being a sausage, as all the fingers fell off. My art teacher told me a Michelangelo quote "Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop." I'm guessing in your block of wax there was a little fox waiting to be released. It's beautiful. I'd love it on a ring.

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  17. That looks incredible, first time? you genius!xox

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  18. wonderful fox, i love it!

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  19. This is amazing! You are so talented! I will definitely buy one :) on a long chain? ;)

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  20. WOW, that fox is amazing... I can't believe you did that with your very own hands. You should definitely definitely sell these please.

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  21. You are sooo clever!! I think it would be gorgeous on a ring twinkling at you!
    luckily we don't have foxes in NZ (our native birds would be all eaten but we do have stoats and they are a HUGH problem!)but i still love Fox images!!(Roald Dahls fantastic Mr Fox is a fav.) must be my brittish genes seaping out? your treasures in the last post are fantastic!
    have a lovely day
    arohanui
    Ed x

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  22. Magic!! I get so much inspiration from You and Your readers! Thank You!

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  23. that wee fox is wonderful! Can't wait to see it finished..

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  24. Wow! I have just carved and cast some rings out of the same wax, they look so big and clumsy compared to your lovely little fox! He really is beautiful!

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  25. Elloooo! I'm a newcomer! Looooove your blog and Looooove your "shed" - thank you for sharing! So inspirational! Just HAD to leave a comment about this "to die for" little fox - and YES! - a bird is a great idea! I'm saving up to own a little bit of RUST heaven! I have a question (and I know you probably get tons of these and you are probably pressed for time as it is!) Can you (pretty please) tell me what kind of camera you have and what lenses you use etc? Your photos are sublime! Do you photoshop them much? Are you alone on your shoots or do you have someone helping? You really have a creative eye! Thanks again! Angy

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  26. I LOVE your fox. You truly are talented. I wish i could make something like that! What did you use as inspiration/a guide or did you carve it from memory so to speak?

    I would love it as a necklace with a long chain.

    I'm saving up for a rust piece too. I can't wait!

    Much love
    Jade

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  27. Wow, I'm amazed someone made this by hand! I would never be able to do so, you're so talented!
    I just came across your blog by the way, I really like it :)

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