Modelling in Wax to build a new range
Alongside my workshop is a clematis that is rapidly climbing up one of my veranda posts. I love how the vines wrap around plants if left alone or up the wires. They twist and corkscrew around, the texture is beautiful as they wrap around and interspersed are multiple sculptural flowers. Mimicking the twisting and turning was something that has been my intention. My impetus to get modelling was when this year’s buds appeared on the vine and the rapidly growing vines needed unwrapping from nearby plants which allowed me to get a feel on how they twisted around themselves and other branches and vines.
My preference is to build and model in wax or directly into wire rather than draw on paper – if you have seen my sketches you will understand why! I will then cast these models into bronze and see the size, weight and how they work. Once I am happy with the results then I will get a mould done and then cast into silver or keep with Bronze.
The photos show some of the processes of building in wax, to getting the pieces back from being cast to completed pieces.