Have you ever seen the movie Blood In, Blood Out? It’s about an L.A. latino gang who’s gang hand symbol is V.L., which stands for Vatos Locos and ends with 4-eva.
Another tube ring:
I bought two books on wax modeling/jewelry casting and picked up another 4 from the library. The self-educating summer of 2012 has begun. Along with the books I’ve made some purchases on carving tools. I had no idea how many different ones there were. I was under the impression all you needed were a select few dental picks and files. I was wrong, there are wax tools for just about everything from scribes, hollowers, concave/convex – needless to say I don’t have them all, but what I have is a good start. I managed to repurpose some of the old dental tools I had lying around from my wax casting class by grinding/sharpening edges and reshaping certain tools to fit my needs. I’ve decided to delve into this technique because it’s one of the more important skill sets used by jewelers who focus on bespoke pieces. In a way I am slowly nudging myself towards marketable pieces.
For a couple of weeks I was struggling with the wax models I was working on, some lack luster objects/jewelry pieces were created. Things started clicking and progression was finally made. Once I felt confident enough in my wax working skillz I decided I wanted to revisit the metal bow, this time instead of a constructed metal sheet piece I wanted to create one through the lost wax casting process. My compadre Bianca Jones-Pearson owns a business called Trashy Bow Couture http://www.etsy.com/shop/trashybowcouture she creates one of a kind bow sculptures from recycled materials such as vintage fabrics, wall paper, newsprint, etc. I’ve always wanted to collaborate with another creative mind, I’m a big fan of fashion collaborations like Bape x Ambush. Collabs add another interesting facet to creative pieces. In my case, the collaboration would have been a metaphorical puzzle piece since I really had no idea on how I was going to make a bow piece. I contacted Bianca and got the okay, picked out the bow I wanted to replicate, and received it. The bow was lovely, the pattern from the re-purposed 1950’s wallpaper and neat origami folds the elements which sold me on it. Unfortunately the collab was not meant to be, upon further inspection I figured out replicating this bow would be a lot harder said than done, my initial approach was to shellac the crap out of the bow and get it cast, but decided that would be a pain in the butt to clean up, hollow, and polish – the entire process of casting a bow from Bianca would prove to be too much for me, which goes to show, her pieces ARE truly one-of-a-kind.
One of a kind bow accessory by Trashy Bow Couture
After the disappointment I decided to trudge on with the bow, using Trashy Bow Couture as an inspiration. I knew I wanted to use this origami like shape for the bow, so I google’d “origami bow tie” which resulted in a slew of sh*tty dollar bill bows and you’re a-typical bows. Then I stumbled across a bow tie by Laurent Desgrange, who designs bow ties mixing fantabulous pattern with simple folds and/or crazy folds with simple pattern. Although it isn’t exactly origami, the folds reminded me of the origami folds found on the Trashy Bow Couture bow. Here is the bow I decided on:
by Laurent Desgrange
This was difficult, to say the least. I hit so many road blocks and made so many mistakes, thank goodness wax is a very forgiving material. Here are progression images of what I came up with.
It needs more clean up, then it’ll be cast in recycled sterling silver. Due to all the folds and underlying spaces I do not believe this piece can be duplicated. Eventually this will end up being a bow tie pendant or bolo bow tie – yeeeeehaw mother truckers!