These expressive mitsuro peridot earrings have spiraling wreaths surrounding brilliant green peridot gemstones. Each earrings is hand formed in mitsuro and designed to express the brilliant green vines found in nature.
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 silver mitsuro peridot earrings are perfect for someone who loves nature and unique jewelry.
Heather made these mitsuro peridot 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.