Website Update

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End of Year Fun

So I haven’t posted in a while as I have been crashing after an amazing year of learning and creativity! I thought while I have a moment I would upload some photos of my work that was displayed at our end of year exhibition Beyond the Edge.

Above is an image of my photographic series Expression of the Feminine. (photo by Rachael Anne Photography NZ)
I am so so thankful for all the support I have received from all my wonderful friends and family, along with my wonderful classmates, I am so blessed to be studying alongside such dedicated and talented people. All the advice, encouragement and teaching from my tutors, from this past year has been invaluable, you’re all such role models, and continually inspire me to reach further and higher than ever before.
(Thank you for all your support also, I could not have achieved what I have this past year without you all.)

As I have mentioned in a prior post; I will continue to blog over the holidays from time to time, as I continually research and grow in my photographic journey, (and may it ever continue!).

To see daily images of my work go have a look at my photography Instagram @rachaelannephotographynz and als0 regular updates on Facebook Rachael Anne Photography NZ.

Final 3 Designs

These are my final castings for project 2 Replicate, which has been a wonderful last few weeks filled with fun and learning! Below are the images of my sand, cuttlefish, and lost wax castings.

The first image of the ring is done with cuttlefish, as you can see it has beautiful textures, naturally occurring from the mellow side of the cuttlefish bone. I chose this as my final example as it came out first go, quite close to how I imagined it to be.
I was surprised at how accurate this method of casting is, as it picked up the finest details, including where I had lightly brushed the edges away of the ring, causing the curve to be slightly rough, which I filed off afterwards.

The second example is the sand cast ‘pendent’ done with zinc, and using the clay sand, which brings out the finer details in the item being replicated. This technique is a little messy, but I find enjoyable, when preparing the sand it almost feels like craft and has a childlike fun about it.
Even though sand casting is a technique I have done multiple times, this is the first time that the results have been as I had anticipated this is another reason I have chosen this to be my final piece, besides the beautiful repetition and details in the filigree 3 dimensional textures.

The last example is of the finished lost wax cast. once again each and every fine detail comes though, but even, more so than the other methods. The slight smudges where the wax melted more in one place than others became so obvious after casting in silver, whereas it was hardly noticeable prior when forming the wax ring. Again these were filed sanded and polished to achieve the desired finish of the shining silver.

This ring actually did not come out as planned as the full circle did not come through, this may have been because I did not put them in the oven to reheat them prior to pouring the silver. However, this is not an issue as one of my failed ring designs was similar to this final ring, with a slight gap a few millimeters wide within the band.

Cuttlefish Casting


Beautiful examples of the amazing textures that can be achieved through cuttlefish casting, with the textures of the bones showing up strongly on the final piece.

“The “Swirls” pendant (left) used a brass template and then I added the details with dental tools; the “Ocean Bubbles” pendant (right) used a template, carved details and fabricated details (the gold balls).”


Image retrieved from,

Brown, Valerie. “Swirls” pendant (left) “Ocean Bubbles” pendant (right). Firepan Jewellery Designs. 2010.

Text (in quotation marks) retrieved from,

Brown, Valerie. “Cuttlefish Casting!” Firepan Jewellery Designs. Last modified December 31, 2010.