The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council welcomes instructor Eileen Johnson, who specializes in jewelry design and making works of art is bronze, silver and gold. Johnson will show students through demonstrations and hands-on learning how custom jewelry and mini statues are created. This six-week class begins on Wednesday, January 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.

First the general shape of the model is produce in wax. Then a fire is used to heat a smooth metal file. The heated file is then moved up and down the wax piece to shaped the details of the model. In larger piece are done separately to maintain the integrity of the piece in the heat of India.

The musical instruments available are indigenous ones like ‘narsimha’, ‘dama’, ‘dholke’, ‘jhyali’, ‘sehnai’, ‘tempu’ and ‘kernel’ as well as ‘dhyangro’, ‘bansuri’, ‘tungna’, ‘sarangi’ etc… There are also lots of curios from Tibet, mostly red wooden chests (presumably brought from monasteries), leather boxes, thankas (paintings), and even old chairs and carpets. One can also find ancient carved doors, various kinds of weapons, old jewelry, and such things in the shops.

Lost Wax Casting is an ancient technique that has been used to create very complicated metal castings and involved pieces that would other wise be impossible either because of economic reasons or manufacturing reasons. Everyone from small jewelers to large industrial foundries can use precision casting. This process is also called Investment Casting when it is used in commercial industries. While jewelry makers are the primary ones to use the Lost Wax Casting, many others use it to achieve a number aims and goals. Lost fusione a cera persa is the ideal and preferred method for artists who are interested in making items like sculptures or rings from a variety of alloys like bronze, steel, or copper.

Among the earliest metal antiques in the country are statues of ‘Ganesh’, ‘Yaksani’, and ‘Narayan’ (all from 10th century A.D.). The impressively sculpted bronze statue of Queen Lalit Tripura Sundari is almost life size and is from the 20th century A.D.

The next step is gating. The fiberglass and rubber molds are gently removed from the wax mold, leaving an exact wax replica of the clay sculpture. Wax rods, called gates, are attached to the sculpture. These gates will create channels in the final mold, which allows for the molten bronze to be poured into the mold.

Jewellery made by hand is jewellery which is made by the use of bending, twisting, hammering, filing sawing and soldering metal until it has the form of a piece of jewellery that the maker wants.

So, really, why settle for gold or silver, when you can have a piece of art, sculpture, toy, candlestick, wine stopper, or figure crafted by bronze experts. When you own a cast bronze sculpture you know the expertise, craftsmanship and artistic talent that went into creating it. So go for the bronze!

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