Before we can start making the waxes we need to have the gems in hand.
Since finding a real emerald cabochon within our budget was not possible. We were delighted to have found a vintage glass cabochon that looked like it was made for our project.
Waxing carving is one of my specialties. One has to be careful not to carve too thin a plate, the casting metals will not flow properly when being cast if the design is too thin and too large. This brooch was one of the largest multi level casting we have ever made.
Once the holes were drilled then each diamond needed to be measured and placed on the wax. The diamond layouts took a few hours to create.
Continue reading – Adding the Gemstones.