Design Process

Step 1

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Drawing the shape of the shell and the layout of gems.

Step 2

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More details added to the sketch. 

Step 3

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The wax is cut and getting set up to cast in 18K white gold.

Step 4

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Pouring investment into the flasks making sure to cover the wax model inside.

Step 5

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Baking the flasks in order to melt the wax out, leaving a "void", so that metal (silver or gold) can be forced back in.

Step 6

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Spinning the metal with great force back into the void left in the investment.

Step 7

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Now, we need to clean the investment off the gold sea turtle.

Step 8

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Rough casting ready to clean, polish and set gems.

Step 9

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Hard putty holds the sea turtle steady while setting gems.

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FINAL: Sea Turtle Pendant Necklace