Woodland Pendant

  • Casting Type The Classic
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Time 1 hour

Inspired by woodland, tree bark and organic textures, this little pendant is one for the nature lovers!

In this guide, we’ll use super simple tool tricks to create this really effective organic texture. This technique can then be applied to other designs…adding texture on your signet ring, perhaps a little detail on your hoop earring design.

Step 1

Getting started

First off, you’ll need your circle wax and red sandpaper. We’re going to thin the wax slightly by laying your sandpaper down on an old magazine (or your cutting mat), then place your circle wax flat on to. You’ll need to use circular motions to sand down the wax, until it’s 2 or 3mm.

Be careful to keep your wax as flat and even as possible, so as not to sand on an angle.

 

 

Step 2

Soften the angles

Once you’ve thinned your circle wax, you’ll then need to soften the edges. Keeping the sandpaper flat, hold your circle wax on 45* angle and gently sand away any sharp edges, rotating the wax slightly.

Step 3

Heat your tool

You’ll need your flat shaping tool and a tea light for this step. Carefully heat up your shaping tool over the flame for around 5 seconds, with your circle wax laid flat on your magazine/cutting mat.

We’re going to create a bark-like texture by gliding your tool horizontally across your wax. 

Step 4

Making texture

Keep reheating your tool over the tealight and repeating the impressions in the wax. To keep the texture irregular, use varying amounts of pressure to make your marks, all in a roughly horizontal direction.

Step 5

Repeat until covered!

Keep repeating your process until your wax circle is covered in texture and looks something like this!

Remember, this is just a guide. Don’t worry if your design doesn’t look exactly like this – use your creative license to make your own version. There are no right or wrong ways to do this!

Step 6

Flash the wax

Our favourite little trick! Often when using heated tools, we’ll end up with stringy or sharp bits of wax on our designs.

The quickest (and most satisfying) way to do this is by flashing the wax. Use your tweezers to move your circle wax through the flame really quickly. We’re talking a split second!

The heat of the flame melts away the fine bits of wax whilst giving the surface or your design a glossier look. This looks great with a polished finish!

Step 7

The finishing touches

The last step is to add a dot to show us where you’d like your jump ring attaching. You can use a sharpie, chalk or silver pen to do this. If you’ve been melting your wax, it may have blackened slightly so feel free to drop us a little note in to reiterate where you want your jump ring attaching!

Step 8

Submit your pendant

The final step is to submit your creation for casting. You can choose to cast in solid silver, add gold plating, diamonds, a chain… whatever you wish!

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