Pictured above are a pair of my cheerful Tulip Cameo earrings that I usually make by hand using precious metal clay (PMC).
PMC is a maluable clay that has silver and a binder in it. When it is fired in a kiln, it turns into metal (silver) and is just the same as cast. I first started working with PMC so that I could make functional protoypes to later be cast in silver, either by myself or with the help of a professional casting company.
I am also currently learning 3d software so that I can make digital prototypes that will be printed in castable wax using a 3d printer, then sent to the caster to be cast in silver…pretty slick eh!
I love the simplicity of the raised design of these earrings and I have many other prototypes and drawings in a similar style.
It just so happens that Etsy manufacturing, through their service that matches manufacturers to indie craft designers, is offering an opportunity to get some special help developing a first run of cast work. I know that I can accomplish this on my own, but I sure do like the idea of some hand-holding from the folks at Carrera Casting in NYC.
My plan is to have the tulip cameo cast, then it can later be made into earrings, pendants, rings and charms using metalsmith techniques.
Many Thanks to all who took the time to read this and to Etsy Manufacturing for making us all dream a little bigger.
Kind Regards, Holly