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


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Translating 2 dimensional drawings to 3 dimensional waxes.....

By transferring the scaled drawings to slabs of carving wax. You have the outline and detail lines, now you just have to cut out the profile and begin to cut in the details. This involves taking the "blocked out" pattern and softening all the lines. I like to think of this process as a "breathing life into it" stage. The pattern comes to life as different planes begin to flow into each other.

Some elements need a "right" and "left" pattern carved. There's a little trick for this one...... Once I have the scale drawing ready to transfer to the slab of wax. I use a slab that is twice as thick as I'd use for a single pattern. So that when I cut out the profile, I can cut that in half the long way and have two exact profiles that just need to have the contours carved in mirror image.

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