Elaine and Jim
How was Lizard grinder made?
The shape of the work was first made in steel, and then shaped by welding and angle grinding. The whole piece was dipped into a plastic type of wax that can be cut up with a scalpel while still on the steel shape. The individual pieces are then placed in metal groups, copper, bronze, brass and sterling silver in preparation for casting in metal using the lost wax casting technique. The cast metal pieces are then brought together and the construction of the whole piece begins.
Each scalpel cut in the wax will become a line of silver solder that unites the two adjacent metals. The piece slowly starts to take shape. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle but in three dimensions. Once all the pieces have been put back together again the work is filed and polished with emery paper to achieve a smooth homogenous finish. The piece is then fitted with the grinding mechanism and the pepper inlet. It is given a final clean and emery finish, and then it is ready for heat-treating. The heat-treating rates thus achieving a painterly colour range. The work is assembled and a wax coating is applied to protect the surface.Activities:
- Do you think Lizard grinder resembles a lizard? Describe in what ways is it similar or different?
- What is Australiana? Draw some images that you think relate to the concept of Australiana.
- If this is the pepper grinder, draw a picture of what you think the salt shaker looks like?