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Silvie Goldmark Design

Silvie Goldmark Design

 

by Silvie Goldmark Design
Handcrafted in New Mexico

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German born artist, Thomas Leiblein is the master behind each whimsical design. Every piece is lovingly handcrafted in clay, cast in lead-free pewter, and then plated in your choice of 24-K gold or silver color.

People often ask Thomas, 'How do you make these whimsical figurines?' Thomas takes polymer-clay to form his pieces. Just like a sculpture he works his way through the process of adding and carving away the material until he is satisfied with the look and feel. Now the polymer-clay is baked in the oven so it hardens, that way it is possible to make a black rubber mold from it. The rubber mold, now two halves with the negative space for the metal to fill, is taken and put into a centrifugal machine which spins around while the hot metal is poured into it. This way you get the actual pieces but they look dull and so they are electro-plated to give a silver like color which does not tarnish and gives the figurines a beautiful rich luster.

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