Bill Roberts, Ornamental MetalsmithCustom Design Metal Arts by BILL ROBERTS, Ornamental Metalsmith

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This is where the project picks up speed. Once the first element is done, the other three top elements happen much quicker. Besides the confidence boost that came from the success of doing the first one. The wax fabrication process has evolved.  Manipulating the wax leaves and parts at 118˚F made it easy to tweak each one for uniqueness. And avoid any tearing of the injectable wax. Forming tools were made and the process evolved even to the degree that I "flame polished" the assembled components of the element to make the clean up part of the fabrication less time consuming. Flame polishing is using a soft flame that you very quickly "brush over" the wax pattern. This melts and blends any joints of the leaves components to the scrolls. This "flame polishing" is the same approach I would use to prep a wax pattern for a jewelry casting.  The feeling of really doing "house jewelry" has started to sink in. And with the experience and success of the smaller top elements, the daunting task of the much larger bottom elements seems less intimidating.

Here's two more of the top elements.
Just need to be cut from the sprue system and minor clean up before welding into the door frame.

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