Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cameo mold is finished!

After weeks of work, sculpting, shaping, and planning the cameo mold is finally ready to ship.

There are five cameos and one cameo ring.

Four of the designs are old cameos that were molded then more clay flowers, ribbons and leaves were added to give them a fresh, rich look. The large cameo in Victorian style with a young woman wearing a big hat is an original sculpture based on a photo of my daughter at 17.

The cameo ring band is 3 ¼ by 5/8 inches and goes up to size 17 1/2. A ring sizing chart is included in the mold. Great for metal clay!

Here are the Sizes of the Cameos

  • C-1 = 1 9/16 by 1 15/16 inches - (40mm x 49mm)
  • C-2 = 1 3/8 by 1 13/16 inches.(36mm x 52mm)
  • C-3 = 7/8 by 1 3/16 inches.(23mm x 32mm)
  • C-4 = 7/16 by 13/16 inch. (12mm x 21mm)
  • C-5 = 1/2 by 11/16 inch.(13mm x 18mm)
The project included with the mold is how to mold the cameo with the bezel in three colors of clay. Shown right.

While trying out different styles of cameos, these two designs were created using translucent and milky white clay for the images allowing the dark background colors to show through.

It took some tests to figure the translucent to white mix, then how to mold just the images using it. There was no way to see if the technique would work except to add a dark background. They both turned out very well it seems.

A small bar pin is planned for the center of the ring. The band will be cut from it along the edges of the leaves. It will have a larger cameo hanging from it with two eye pins for a lavalier pin when finished.

The mold is approx. 3.25 inches by 4 inches by 5/8 inch thick. Made of to
ugh, long lasting urethane rubber it flexes efficiently to allow easy release of the molded parts.

It's good to have it finished and now it is time to play with it!

Penni Jo

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