Liz Oppenheim is a jeweler and metalsmith. She practices the art of Misturo, loosely translated as “honey wax”. It is a traditional Japanese wax sculpting technique, said to have originated between AD 710 to 794. The jewelry application of this technique was developed to mimic the natural striations of bamboo leaves. Not available commercially, Liz cooks the wax in her studio by combining organic beeswax with pine resin. Once warmed, she pulls and stretches the wax carefully coaxing out the lines and furrows and then shapes it into its final form.
After choosing her favorites from the dozens of models, they are cast in gold or silver using the lost wax technique.