Sunday, 17 April 2011

Ornamentalise Yourself: Making of the Coin Medal


Coin medal in solid brass depicting regal side profile and reads:
The Invention Of Tradition.

The initial embossing over a photograph into sheet tin over plasticine. Melting wax in a bain-marie to make a positive coin cast. The white wax retains some of the black plasticine. More detail added to the face and hair. A sand cast is then made from the wax mold into which the molten brass is poured. Imprint of the coin in the burnt sand. The two finished medals: The earlier with less detail and heavier at approximately quarter kilo of brass. Above is from a more refined later design. The original broke in casting leaving the cracks. The difference between the coins gives the impression of two editions of the Queen's face during her reign.

Saturday, 9 April 2011