I just found a great slide show on Nina Designs website, http://www.ninadesigns.com/slideshows/cast_silver_charms.html, that shows exactly how the lost wax process works. I have employed this method for many new pieces and have many necklace and earring designs in the works! If you are interested in learning about how handmade jewelry this is something beyond the beading realm that you might want to investigate. I recently took a wax carving course and made a textured ring and a beautiful floral cascade earring. Working in wax allows a jewelry designer infinite possibilities to design very unique handcrafted jewelry and the process may interest many of you! The best part of casting is that once you design your jewelry you have a mold and can replicate it many times over!