Modelling & casting: Wax reliefs

Wax is used as a sculpting material for preliminary models and for works in their own right. It is quick and easy to shape, yet also cheap. Once softened, it is modelled in a similar way to clay, with the composition built up gradually. To enhance the wax, pigment can be added before moulding and pearls or other jewels can be embedded in the surface afterwards.

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V&A Myrtle Brooch by Michael Michaud

V&A Myrtle Brooch by Michael Michaud

This flowering Myrtle brooch features leaves cast in bronze from a Myrtle plant and is accented by freshwater seed pearls. Held sacred by the Ancient …

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