MICROFUSING OR THE ANCIENT WAX MERGING TECHNIQUE

 

The IRON jewellery collection is made of pieces handcrafted with the wax technique, this technique (which is very ancient) consists in making a wax model, followed by the subsequent casting in the laboratory.

Being small objects, this process takes the name of "microfusion", the same technique is used by sculptors, sometimes on a very large scale.

The wax models which will become the jewellery are arranged in a "cluster" around a pin (called a tree) and then placed in a cylinder which will then be filled with plaster, once the plaster is solidified around the waxes, they are heat melted and removed from the cylinder through outlet holes.

The voids left by the waxes are subsequently filled with metal, in this case bronze, but can be filed with gold, silver or any other metal which takes a liquid form at high temperatures.


Subsequently, the cylinders are taken out of the furnace, cooled down and the plaster is crushed to extract the metal castings, at this point, the pins with which each single piece is still attached to the shaft, and every single object must be cut, always finished and cleaned by hand.

The jewellery thus obtained is a unique piece in size, once the wax is gone.

This first piece is called "prototype" because it will be the one that will be used to create the cast to eventually make reproductions of the object.

Subsequent repetitions will be slightly different in size from the first model.

The jewels from the IRON collection are all handmade in the goldsmith’s workshop of Montori Paolo, located in Terni.


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