Investment casting (also known as “lost wax” casting) is used to create a detailed, solid metal piece. This technique is used by many jewelers due to the very fine detail and high-quality surface finish.
Eight individual inlays are used for each St. Benedict crucifix, each cut, fit and inserted by hand.
Crucifixes are sanded and polished in numerous steps to achieve a seamless wood and metal cross which the corpus and INRI are mounted on using small nails. The corpus is made from the same metal as the crucifix, in solid form, so there is no plating to wear off.