Little hand and feet

In the last post, I briefly mentioned different glass casting techniques; lost wax casting and the other method is an open casting method. The lost wax method is good for intricate detail and where it's difficult to remove clay etc from the mould.

I used a soft modelling compound to form the shape of the hand and the feet and then filled the cavity with molten wax. A plaster mould was then made of the wax and then the wax melted out. I then placed the glass pieces in the plaster mould and fired it in the kiln.

These three little sculptures of my children's hand and feet when they were each 8 weeks old, sit on my kitchen windowsill and so I see them a hundred times a day as my growing children mill around the house.  They are a reminder of those days when they were all babies - an eternity and yet five minutes.