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Hot off the Bench: Hand-Carved Wax Cast Silver Hannya Mask Ring

That’s it. It’s been decided. I officially decree this amazing hand-carved, wax cast, silver Hannya mask ring Custom’s “herald of the fall.” Over the past few weeks, school has gotten underway, the air has become crisper, and the pumpkin-flavored treats have come out in full force. So around Custom jewelry, I’ve been waiting for the perfect custom ring to transition us from the final golden rays of late summer to the deeper, darker tones of early fall. Last week, Lee finished creating it: A beautifully detailed, slightly sinister, completely hardcore silver mask ring. And man, does it rock.

The creation of this ring started with a picture of a Hannya mask. These masks were used in traditional Japanese theater to symbolize when a female character was overtaken by a jealousy demon. The owner let us know that his ideal ring would be bold, silver, and look like a miniature Hannya mask. Since this type of design cannot be achieved by any computer-aided design, this request could have fazed many-a-jeweler, but Lee simply said “OK,” and got the project underway.

For weeks, I watched as Lee slowly transformed a solid block of wax into a perfectly sized miniature Hannya mask. Using only his artistic skill, whittling tools, and the picture as a guide, Lee hand-carved a 1″ x 1″ block of wax into a one-of-a-kind wax mold that would soon be cast into a one-of-a-kind silver ring. Once the wax was complete, Lee melted away weeks’ worth of work by casting his miniature mask portrait into a wickedly beautiful, completely original silver mask ring.

So my hat’s off to Lee on this one. I’m truly blown away by his steady hand and the final product. And as you can imagine, the owner was too. So check out the incredible wax mold and the final silver mask ring in the images below, and give a huge shout out to Lee for his great work. I can’t wait to see what the rest of fall brings us! 

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