Gregg Burgard, of Rio’s Tech Team, has been inspiring us lately with his growing collection of whimsical and creepy “Zombie Beads”.
Gregg’s “Zombie Beads” are inspired by personalities and are intended to fit onto charm bead bracelets like Frolic. They offer a fun and more personal alternative to charms of cute kittens, turtles, or teddy bears.
Here’s what Gregg shared with me about his process (in a nutshell):
- The pieces are carved in wax and sculpted in polymer clay
- Then they are RTV molded with Ditto mold rubber.
- Next, Gregg injects this mold with injection wax, takes this injection wax and scrapes off about 1mm off the surface, which gives him a slightly smaller smoothed over copy of the original.
- This scraped version now gets molded. It gets injected with a water-soluble wax and is placed back into the first mold, thereby creating a core for the original bead that can be dissolved in water—this process allows Gregg to make a larger bead that is light weight and less expensive, yet still has the look of a heavier bead.
- Then the bead is conventionally lost wax cast.
Now, we want to see what YOU are working on!
Leave a comment with a picture or two of a work-in-progress. Tell us what inspired your project and where it’s headed next.
This is just the first in a series of “What are you Working on Now” posts, so keep visiting Rio Grande’s Blog for more inspiring pictures and more chances to show off your stuff!