Sand, with a combination of clay and water, is used to create a single-use mold in which the molten metal is poured into to create the rough shape of the cross. For the corpus, investment casting (also known as “lost wax” casting) is used to create a detailed, solid metal piece.
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.
This style entails a metal base with wood inlay front and back, a corpus affixed with nails and INRI sign.
Crucifixes will be available in all combinations of yellow brass or nickel silver metal, with either rosewood or ebony inlay.
These crucifixes are about 2.5" tall, a perfect size for a rosary or even for wear.