United States Service Branch Pins
These pins are made from Argentinium Silver using the lost wax casting method by Sarah Morgan in Birmingham, AL. Each pin is approximately 1" in diameter.
My training in lost wax casting came from my father-in-law, who was a dentist. Lost wax casting is a method of casting intricate metal shapes by first modeling the required form in wax, then surrounding the wax with clay, firing it, and draining out the melted wax. This leaves a high-quality mold for a single casting. After the metal cools and the sprue is cut off, the object is finished by hand polishing methods. I often place my pendants on bracelet and necklace chains which I make using the Viking weaving method. My vision for my jewelry and ornaments is generally to make everyday items that I see around me, but in silver or gold. I have taken jewelry classes in Albuquerque, NM, Roebuck, AL and at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The manufacturing jewelers at Agnew Jewelers in Trussville, AL continue to help me. I am an Internal Medicine physician, Professor of Medicine and Nutrition Sciences, but along with my professional life, I have a philosophy that to successfully age it is necessary to cultivate new interests.