Everything I make, I make by hand from start to finish using the lost wax method of casting. I carve the original or model out of wax using dremel tools and files. After this is complete, a plaster cast is made around the wax and is placed in a kiln or oven where the wax is then burned or melted out. This leaves a negative space in the hardened plaster. Molten metal is then poured into the plaster cast. Once this hardens, which is almost instantly, you can break the plaster off of the metal and begin the cleaning process. Sprue’s (the posts that allow the metal to flow to fill the form) are then cut off and the pieces are filed down in the area at which they were attached. The pieces then go into a polishing tumbler. Then they are tarnished and then polished by hand again! A lot goes into each one of these pieces and although I do have a mold of each fin, each one is essentially one of a kind.