Custom “Hands of Time” – Casting Your Hands In Lead Crystal – Part III
Earlier in the week we met Bernie and Lucie of Stone Ridge Glass and learned about the beginning of the lost-wax process used to create their gorgeous one-of-a-kind custom cast glass “Hands of Time” sculptures: commemorative pieces that capture the unique handprint of the owner.
Today, Bernie walks us through what happens once the molten wax has hardened and taken on the form of the customer’s hands and is ready to be removed from the mold: let the lead crystal glass art process begins!
We have made castings of individuals ranging from eleven days old: the infant in “Naptime” who required considerable coaxing and nursing during the initial mold-making process, to the 85-year-old woman who wanted her hands cast in prayer , a beautiful piece called “Matins”.
Remember the adorable mom and daughter shot from “Hands of Time – Part II“? Here’s the finished product…
The father of “Storytime,” a history professor, read a children’s book to his 4-year-old son while he held his dad’s little finger in the curing mold material.
For folks living too far away to visit our central Maine studio (just about everybody), we have developed a mailable kit with everything needed for the customer to make us the wax positive of his or her own hands. Once shipped back to us, we are able to use it to make the lead crystal casting.
Thanks to Bernie and Lucie for taking us into their world this week! To contact Bernie and Lucie to learn more about them, the glassmaking process, and how to commission your own original Hands of Time or gorgeous glasscape, please click here.
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