I'm making a claddagh ring for a friend's wedding. It's been a few years since I did any wax carving. I've always been more drawn to softer waxes that behave more like clay than the harder waxes designed to mimic wood. Something just clicked when I started this project. My new Wolf wax carvers did everything I needed them to do, and I got just the depth, proportion, and smoothness that I wanted. I used all hand tools. I was afraid that burs would be too aggressive. As it turned out, I didn't need anything but files, an exacto knife, Wolf carvers, sand paper, and a fiberglass brush. Below is the finished wax ring.
I can't wait to cast it, but I will have to because of needed equipment upgrades. Still, it has been so pleasant to get lost in a tiny world of carving wax. Look for more wax projects coming up. I'm going to keep this momentum going.
This is the nitty gritty of my day-to-day struggles as an artist. I write about triumphs and failures, design and details, tools and equipment. My life/work balance is constantly changing. Along the way, I post tutorials, tips, tricks and other goodies as well.