Judith Christine Mills: Sculptor, Painter, Author & Illustrator

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"Lose Yourself in Nature..." Obverse

The beauty and power of nature can transform and soothe.

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"Lose Yourself in Nature..." Reverse
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"Safe." Obverse

A fierce storm batters an old tree ...  while the sleeping squirrel deep inside the trunk keeps warm and dry.

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"Safe." Reverse

MORE MEDALLIC ART TO COME! ...

The Lost Wax Process:

The artist first creates an original medallic sculpture out of clay, plasticine, plaster, wood, etc. A mold of this is made from liquid rubber (with the original being carefully removed when the rubber has cured). Molten wax is then poured into the hardened rubber mold to create a wax duplicate of the original. At this stage the piece is individually numbered, signed, or marked per the edition. (This wax is later melted out in creating the metal piece, hence the term 'Lost Wax Process'). Wax bars or rods are fused at certain points to the wax duplicate now to create a sprue system. This sprue system channels the molten metal into the mold cavity once the wax has been melted out. The wax duplicate (with sprue channels now attached) is coated several times with a ceramic slurry which hardens into a thick shell. This shell is heated using steam to melt out the wax. The remaining (now hollow and waxless) shell is heated in a furnace to prepare for casting. Molten metal is poured into the hardened shell through the sprue rods. When cool, the shell is chipped away along with the whole system of sprue rods. Places on the metal where these rods were attached are refinished. The final metal piece can be polished or patinated as desired. In order to make another edition of the medal, this whole process must be repeated from creating another wax duplicate on (the rubber mold can be used several times to create more wax duplicates, but in the case of a large edition, additional rubber molds may have to be made from the original to maintain clarity and detail). 

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