In ancient times, psychics used water casting as a fortune telling technique, although some practicing fortune tellers still use this technique in Eastern Europe. The process involves pouring either tin or lead into a bucket of water. The resulting shape is either directly interpreted as an omen for the future, or is rotated in a candlelight to create shadows, whose shapes are then interpreted. The shapes are often interpreted not only literally, but also symbolically: a bubbly surface refers to money, a fragile or broken shape misfortune.
In terms of jewelry making, water casting is the art of pouring molten metal (silver, gold, copper, etc.) into liquid. You end up with these amazing organic and irregular shapes that you can then refine into beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry. It’s also a great way to recycle those metal scraps you have lying around!
Want to learn more about this unusual technique? Our next water casting workshop is coming up: Saturday + Sunday, August 9th and 10th, from 11am-5:30pm (click the link to register). This is a great workshop for experimentation – don’t miss out!
In the meantime – check out some inspiration below!
Check out the full Water Casting Inspiration board on Pinterest for more inspiration!