The collection of the MIRIAMNORI jewelry is made up of handicraft pieces with the lost wax technique.
The (very old) said technique consists in realizing a wax model and then the successive fusion in laboratory.
As they are objects of small dimensions, this process is called “microfusion”.
The same technique is used by sculptors to realize their own works sometimes very large in size.
The waxes that will become the jewels are arranged in clusters around a pivot, (named tree), and then put together inside a cylinder which will then be filled with plaster.
Once the plaster has solidified around the wax these are melted with the heat and expelled from the cylinder through the exit holes.
The voids left by the waxes are then filled with metal, in this case bronze, but it can be filled with gold, silver or any other metal which becomes liquid at high temperature.
Then the cylinders are pulled out of the oven, left to cool down and the plaster is crushed to extract the metal castings.
At this point, they have to cut the pins with which every single piece is still attached to the tree and every single object must always be finished and cleaned, undergoing the artisanal process.
The jewel obtained is a unique piece in size, because the wax is gone.
The first piece is called “prototype” because it is be the one, that will be used to create the cast, to make any reproductions of the object.
Subsequent repetitions will be slightly different in size than the first model.
The jewels of the Miriamnori collection are handmade in local handicraft laboratories.
The waxes are made directly by designer MIRIAM NORI.