Lost Wax Casting

Many people are curious about how the metal in Clifton's pieces is formed into those fascinating shapes - so accurate down to minute details. The method that he used is called the lost was technique. First he carves and molds a piece of special waxy into the shape he desires. he uses small probes and knives similar to dental tools to create the exquisite detail characteristic of his work.

 A small Bunsen burner is used to soften the was and heat his tools in order to model the wax more readily.  When he finally has the detail for which he has been striven, it is cast. A mold is poured over the wax model, it hardens, and the wax is  melted out leaving a reverse mold. Next, the precious metal is thrown by centrifugal force into the the empty space left by the melted wax.

 This original casting must be stripped of superfluous metal and polished to a high gloss. Finally a permanent rubber mold is made from the original. When a series is finished, the mold is destroyed, leaving only a limited edition of each piece available for sale.

Sterling Silver Poppy Spoon, 10 3/4" x 3 3/4"

Sterling Silver Poppy Sauce Ladle, 7" x 2"

Sterling Silver Poppy Condiment Server, 4 1/2" x 1 1/4"