For years casting material sat in the cabinet rarely used. I initially bought it to cast some of my student work to have examples for future classes. Some master gun and knife engravers offer resin castings of their work. This is a great opportunity to have work to study from without spending a ton of money on it. After awhile this seemed to fall off of my radar. Every once in a while a student would try it and for years I would hint at people trying it to utilize the multiple afforded by this process. After Engraving Arts major, Anneliese Narcisi, experimented with the casting of a frame, I thought it would be a good for everyone to learn how to utilize this process. I also foresee resin casting of engravings as an opportunity to create a myriad of other items ranging from functional to sculptural works. To me, this project is only the beginning and much more lies ahead. I don’t profess to be an expert on this (luckily we have one here – Patrick Martin) but I thought we would give it a shot.
This particular project was based off of a casting by engraver James Meek. This cast was given to me about five years ago – (I think it was engraver Scott Pilkington who gave it me) Students had to loosely base their composition off of this. They had to include scrollwork, three detailed pictures and lettering.
Below are the results. Each image was originally engraved on steel. A combination of 120 degree engravers (and possibly a dash of 90 degree gravers) and 80 degree bulino gravers were used to execute these works. There are few that have a little more work to be done, but thus far the results are exciting.