Casting Metal with a Broom
Broom casting. Hmmmm. I pored through every new and vintage metals technique book on my shelf and I couldn’t find a mention of the process anywhere. This transformed my curiosity into an urgent and obsessive quest. I am an information junkie — especially when it comes to studio jewelry — and I love finding out new, old fashioned ways of doing things. But, I am also efficient. So I knew the best way to proceed was to seek out Beth Rosengard, who has transformed this delightfully low-tech approach to molten metal into a sophisticated level of artistic expression. I had made a mental note to investigate broom casting when I saw her winning earrings in the 2006 Jewelry Arts Awards.