I will be listing the rest of this group of copper shuttles this week in my Etsy shop.
I thought I would share my process since I always find the making of things interesting. So consider this your "Mr. Rogers" tour.
I spend a lot of time (sometimes weeks) conceptualizing, drawing and perfecting the "rough draft".
I take that draft and create a mold from it.
I take that mold and hand build the shuttle with precious metal copper clay.
I spend a lot of time shaping and sanding that shuttle.
I take that shuttle and place it in a kiln that has been fired to over 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.
After a specified period of firing I open the kiln and take out the molten hot shuttle and submerse it in water.
This is the scariest part of the whole process.
When the shuttle has cooled I soak it in a chemical solution to remove fire scale.
Then I spend an entire day, sometimes two, re-shaping, polishing, sanding, buffing and polishing some more.
When the shuttle is to my satisfaction I coat it with a jewelry grade non-tarnishing finish.
Then I take macro pictures from every angle of that shuttle and list it for sale.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about my process.