Realistic, wearable sculpture of the human body

Port Townsend, Washington | 121 Sales


Realistic, wearable sculpture of the human body

Port Townsend, Washington 121 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Apr 5, 2016

Please see my sculpture, jewelry and works in progress at: and

George Wilhelm

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  • Jean Schumpp Black on Jul 13, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Five stars are a deficiency. George's artistry commands thousands of stars which are dancing. His sculpture captures your soul and immortalizes it in precious metals. I am now humbly privileged to own this true work of art.

  • Teagan on Jul 9, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning piece of art and full of detail! Seller was polite, informative, and kept me posted on item's progress.

  • belmansbert on May 27, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    A while ago I was looking for a unique birthday present for my mom’s 60th birthday. By pure luck I discovered George ‘s work on Etsy. I immediately fell in love with his little sculptures and I asked George if he could make a pendant for my mom, based on some sketches. He agreed, and after some messages back-and-forth, he put all his skill and love to work to make the most delicate and miraculous little masterpiece that one can imagine. George is a great communicator and a very attentive person. Waiting for the pendant was suspenseful for both of us (Belgian customs were slow), but in the end it was definitely worth the wait.

    I am extremely happy to have come across this very warm and talented person. Therefore, I warmly recommend his work to everyone. Thank you, George! I will probably be back some day.

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When I realized that my small sculpture were of a scale that could be worn as jewelry, my shop, sculpturetowear, was born.

I make small sculpture of the human body, pieces that are light enough in weight that they can be worn comfortably as jewelry: rings, pendants, brooches, earrings. My things are all cast in metal using the lost-wax-casting process. I make them in wax and then they are cast into bronze, sterling silver, shibuichi* and gold. The pieces are cast at Outcast & Co. in Seattle, WA, USA. I design and make the wax figures, choose the metal, do the metal finishing and, at the end of the process, photograph the finished pieces. The staff at Outcast also makes molds of some of my sculpture.
My main tools are a small torch fueled by denatured alcohol and a sewing needle glued into a wooden handle. I make the little fingers, for example, by pulling and building the wax in increments with the heated needle until finally achieving the shape of a finger. It is meticulous work and demands attention and patience, skills I've learned over time. An LED lamp with a round magnifying lens helps me see what I'm doing.
I ship anywhere in the world and love the international contact that etsy facilitates. I use the US Postal Service and normally ship via First Class Mail. All shipments are tracked and insured. Shipping is free in the USA and is $5.00 to other countries.
I do custom orders.

*Shibuichi is a blend of copper and silver. It apparently originated in Japan and was used to make decorative metal attachments to weapons and armor. Now it is used to make jewelry.

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