I just completed carving two Hunger Games inspired jewelry designs. Each design that I create begins with a wax carving that takes me many hours to sculpt, carve and engrave. I use a soft green jewelers wax, numerous dental tools, an alcohol lamp and a heated wax sculpting pen. I listen to books on tape while I work. The Postman Never Rings Twice, written by James M Cain is what I am listening to now. I have probably spent 20 hours sculpting the Mocking Jay and a book on tape helps to pass the time. I find the carving a meditative process but I occasionally catch myself taking longer on a design than is needed, just so that I can finish listening to the story.
I’m planning on creating an ear cuff version of both these charms.