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.