News From The Shop — sandcasting

Carving and Casting Axe Pendants

Carving and Casting Axe Pendants

Sharing a behind the scenes on how I made these Axe Pendants. From carving the wax to casting and clean up.

Hope you enjoy.

LLA


Baseball Bat Crosses - Custom Made by LoraLeeArtist


Baseball Cross - Work In Progress

Baseball Cross - Work In Progress

I carved this Baseball Cross out of wax and used this to create a sterling silver version. Sandcasting is great fun and it's always exciting at the end to open it up and see the results. Now it just needs some clean up, a jump ring bail added and ready to go.

Sandcasting A Ring

Sandcasting A Ring

I used the stainless steel ring on the left to sandcast a copy in sterling silver. You can see how rouch and textured the band is from the sand.

From there I use files and abrasive wheels on my dremel to smooth the surface.

I love playing with different objects in the sandcasting. Just to see what patterns do well or don't do well. I've cast acorns, rings, twigs, and ingots using this process.

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From Reality To Silver - An Acorn's Story

From Reality To Silver - An Acorn's Story

An acorn from our Granddaddy Oak tree in our yard here in Louisiana. The ground is always covered with them every year. I used Craig Dabler's sandcasting kit to cast this one in sterling silver. I save all my scraps of silver from different projects and use them to cast things like this. So no metal goes to waste in my shop. Every bit is saved to use in casting new items. Recycling is Beautiful.