Small Succulents

Throughout the process of casting larger succulents, I completed a variety of tests on alternate species. Results were varied as many of the castings had shrinkage issues inside of the ceramic casting molds. Delicate stems and connections between leaves and the stem were the most likely areas for failure.

Over time, I developed a spectrum to assess the likely success of casting based on the ability to burnout the organic material and the plant structure.

Towards the end of the experimentation, I began to work with a casting centrifuge that allowed me to create delicate flowers with a high level of success. Unfortunately, due to the size of the equipment, larger pieces and flowers were not possible. However, there were early successes casting the body of Phalaenopsis orchids with ceramic casting, the flowers in the centrifuge, and then welding the pieces together.