Our master goldsmith Behzad is always looking for opportunities to try different less conventional goldsmithing techniques.
Behzad is a big fan of sand clay casting and has recently been trialling cuttlefish casting. And yes, you have read this correctly using a cuttlefish skeleton to cast beautiful pieces of jewellery.
We just want to say that the cuttlefish skeleton used died of natural causes and was found washed up on a beach in Portsmouth.
Cuttlefish casting is a quick and fairly accurate casting method. Its applications are limited only by the thickness and overall dimensions of the shell, meaning that this method of casting is perfect for pendants and earrings.
The back plate or cuttlebone of the ordinary squid serves as the mold material.
The elliptical shell is a bright white, porous material that can be easily indented by pressing a model into it. One side of this material is covered with a thin, hard crust that resembles plastic.
This method of casting can be used when using customer own gold.
We were all surprised with the level of detail Behzad was able to achieve with this method of casting.
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