Agni is the Hindu God of Fire. Created for ME298: Silversmithing and Design, this is a sculptural piece that captures, reflects, and radiates the qualities of fire. The color of the cast bronze feels warm, while the swirling spirals dance elegantly with the dynamism of a flame.
After sketching initial concept designs, a CAD rendering provided a template for carving a block of wax into a single "lick" of the flame. This lick served as a master copy through silicone molding. Wax is injected into the silicone mold, creating multiple copies, before being sprued to a wax tree and vacuum cast in bronze.
The base retains the hand-working of the licks of flame, but complements the hand carving with turning on a manual lathe to perfect the shape and lustrous matte finish.