Draw your design
You’ll need your rectangular wax mould as the base for your tag pendant design. Take your sharpie to mark on a slightly smaller rectangle on the mould as a guideline.
Side thought – the size and shape of your tag pendant is totally up to you. You could keep the wax as it is, go a more squared-off shape, or go really small for a minimal vibe!
Create your shape
Click your knife up, not forgetting to pull down the lock to keep the blade in place. Lay your wax mould flat on your magazine or CAST cutting mat, then gently press your knife along your guideline. Don’t worry if this line is slightly rough or wonky, you can level it off with your red sandpaper.
Tip – if you’re finding it hard to cut through your wax with your knife, you can heat up your blade over a tea light. This will enable you to cut through the wax with ease. Just be super careful with this technique. A heated blade requires total concentration.
Slim down your design
To ensure your pendant isn’t too heavy once it’s cast in metal, lay it flat on the red sandpaper and move around in a circular motion. This will reduce the depth of your tag pendant. Make sure to keep it flat and apply an even amount of pressure.
Refine and polish
To achieve a polished finish, you’ll need to use your yellow sandpaper on the flat sides of your pendant. This may take a little time but will remove any scratches or grains, and once cast and polished will look fab!
Take your knife, and carve out small curved chunks around toward yourself. Make your marks on a slight angle, framing your tag pendant with lovely hammered texture.
Once you’ve carved texture around the edge of your tag pendant, check that it’s even and you haven’t missed any areas.
This is one of our favourite little tricks, flashing the wax. It’s a quick and simple way to add shine, soften texture or get rid of any sharp or stingy bits of wax. It looks especially great on a hammered detail.
Hold your design with tweezers and move the textured edge of your tag pendant through your tealight flame very quickly. It’s really important that you don’t hold your design in the flame as it will melt very quickly. You’ll be left with a softened hammered texture that looks fab once cast.
Adding a chain
In order to wear your tag pendant on a chain, we’ll need to add a jump ring for your chain to go through. Use your sharpie to mark a clear dot exactly where you would like us to attach the jump ring and chain.