These mitsuro square earrings were inspired by the texture of bamboo forest leaves. The texture in these earrings was created by pulling the mitsuro wax by hand. Light loves to sparkle off the texture in these geometric earrings. Because each earring is hand formed, they are similar but not exact replicas of one another. They match in their imperfect perfection.
No two pieces Heather Scott makes are exactly the same. Each of her pieces are hand formed and cast in small batches using the lost wax casting method, in which the mold is destroyed during the creation of the piece. These square earrings are perfect for someone who loves unique jewelry.
Questions & Custom Work:
You may order a similar pair of earrings in the metal of your choice. If you would like a personalized pair of earrings in this style made just for you, please message us for a quote. Heather will create your earrings in this style and send them to you as soon as they’re finished. Please allow for slight variation in the design due to the unique properties of mitsuro and the individual craftsmanship of each piece.
Heather made these square earrings using the ancient Japanese lost wax casting technique called mitsuro. The process begins by blending specific ratios of different materials together to create the mitsuro wax. After cooling, Heather heats the mitsuro to her body temperature and hand manipulates it by pulling, twisting, and folding. During this process, delicate striations, called hikime, appear in the wax. This delicate texture accentuates the flow of the organic shapes and nature inspired designs that she creates.
The wax pieces are then placed into a mold and melted out of the mold in a kiln. Once the wax is burned out of the mold, it leaves a hollow area where the wax once was. Heather places the mold into a centrifuge where she melts the metal in a ceramic crucible with a torch. Once the metal is molten, a retaining pin drops and the centrifuge spins rapidly, shooting the molten metal into the mold where the mitsuro wax once was. After the centrifuge stops spinning, she grabs the 1000°F mold with a pair of steel tongs and dunks the mold into a bucket of water breaking the still hot mold open on contact revealing the pieces that were once wax and are now silver or gold.
She then goes through the process of finishing each piece by hand utilizing jeweler’s tools. Heather has been perfecting her mitsuro wax recipe and creating her unique mitsuro pieces for 10 years.