DRAGON Ear Climber Sterling Silver Fantasy Ear Cuff
Dragon Ear Climber
wonderful jewelry created by Marty Magic is lost wax cast in sterling silver
and 14k gold, and personally sculpted by Marty in her mountain studio. All
of the designs are Marty's originals, and all the processes are done by hand.
Marty's designs are whimsical, encompassing the realm of fantasy. The dragons
are detailed both front and back, and designed as a wearable sculpture. The
lost wax casting process involves creating a model in wax which is then suspended
in a metal flask, and "investment" is poured around it. (Investment
is very much like plaster.) The invested flask is then placed in a kiln and
the wax model is slowly melted out until only the negative cavity, the exact
shape of the original wax model, remains. Molten metal is then centrifugally
spun into this negative space and allowed to cool and solidify.
After the metal piece has been broken free from the plaster, there is a long process required in finishing the piece. Sprues (the bump at the opening where the molten metal was poured into the mold) must be cut and ground and various polishing media are used to bring the piece to its final polished state. The piece is then oxidized, which darkens the recessed areas and shows off details, giving the piece more of a three-dimensional, sculptural appearance.