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While I eventually plan to do a more detailed blog post explaining the casting process, I wanted to do a quick preview first. I know for most people the word "casting" is pretty hazy. Whenever I go into particulars with someone, I'm faced with a glazed look accompanied by murmured "hmm's" and "uh-huh's" that don't exactly encourage me to delve deeply into the subject.

It's pretty technical and there are many steps, but the skinny is as follows: your original piece is molded; the mold is used to repeatedly shoot production waxes (the pink pieces above); multiple production waxes are attached together to form a "tree" and put into a vial. There are a few more stages after this, but ultimately the vial is filled with your choice of metal and you are left with a metal tree that looks exactly as your wax tree did. The pieces are then cut off and polished, and you have your final creations. The instance above is a new cuff that will be available next year.

I know all the steps are far from being illustrated here, but when handmade products are concerned it's helpful to have at least a vague understanding of where they are coming from and how they are being produced. Thanks for humoring me!

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  • Mithun: January 10, 2015

    Your father is in the wind, thrgouh the sun or the stars or moon. He changes you forever; you are a part of your Mom and Dad. Knowingly or not, he still changes the way you think, you do stuff. Right? You may think…what would my father say in this, how would he react…etc He is still around, in your heart.

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