If you don’t know how to use the lost wax method of pouring silver or gold, you don’t have to panic. Most custom pieces are professionally made after you place an order, and that is certainly an option. A jeweler can make a truly custom piece from a sketch you might provide or on their own inspiration. You, however, can create custom pieces using jewelry kits, online software, or a number of other helpful tools.
First the general shape of the model is produce in wax. Then a fire is used to heat a smooth metal file. The heated file is then moved up and down the wax piece to shaped the details of the model. In larger piece are done separately to maintain the integrity of the piece in the heat of India.
Efforts of such people must be all the more appreciated if we are to realize that not many countries can boast of such ancient civilizations. Therefore the preservation of this precious heritage is a matter of utmost importance and everyone should take pride in such a cultural history.
The waxes are then soldered to a base which forms a wax tree. This wax tree is then inserted into a cylindrical flask called an investment flask. The cylindrical flask is filled with a very fine smooth plaster. This fills in all the spaces left around the waxes. The flask is then baked at a very high temperature, which causes the wax to vaporize. This is how “lost microfusione acciaio inox” got its name! The spaces that are left when the wax melts create numerous replicas of the original master mold. These spaces re then filled with melted pellets of gold or silver and allowed to harden. When the plaster is washed away, the raw charm castings are exposed. These castings then undergo hours of hand finishing and polishing, to create the finely detailed charms that make up the Rembrandt Charm Collection.
Among the earliest metal antiques in the country are statues of ‘Ganesh’, ‘Yaksani’, and ‘Narayan’ (all from 10th century A.D.). The impressively sculpted bronze statue of Queen Lalit Tripura Sundari is almost life size and is from the 20th century A.D.
Another traditional method is called casting. In this process the pieces of silver are melted down and then poured into a mold and allowed then to harden. The process involving making the mold is an art form in itself and is generally referred to as the’ lost wax method’. The artist sculpts the soften wax into the desired shape that he/she wishes the finished silver pendant to be in.
Obviously, nowadays most antiques can be found only in the museums. But it must be mentioned that such priceless artifacts are worth seeing because they date back thousands of years and speak of the rich cultural history of Nepal. The National Museum is a treasure trove of antiques having on display, in addition to other treasure, almost a hundred stone and terracota statues dating from the 1st to the 19th century.
Once your custom jewelry is masterfully crafted by an artisan with these and other techniques, the precious metal must be sanded, polished and cleaned. It’s at this point that the jeweler will call you to let you know that your custom piece is ready to be picked up. Now you’re free to marvel at the beauty of your piece knowing how much care and attention to detail were employed in its making. Just don’t forget to give a big thank you to your jeweler.