Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead

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By Jaime Gillin / Published by Dwell
Along with his studio, Kiel Mead, a Brooklyn-based designer and the founder of the American Design Club, has created what he's calling "the best ornament of the holiday season—the only ornament that can guarantee you a kiss!" Like his many of his jewelry pieces, the ornament is cast in bronze from a real-life object—in this case, a specimen of a live mistletoe and a few choice leaves. "We do our best to hide the artist's hand and let the final form be as unadulterated as possible," says Mead. Here's a glimpse at the design process and the final product.
Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 1 of 8 - It starts with a stick of mistletoe, stripped clean of its leaves.

It starts with a stick of mistletoe, stripped clean of its leaves.

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 2 of 8 - And a pile of mistletoe leaves.

And a pile of mistletoe leaves.

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 3 of 8 - An initial mold is made of clay. This will be used to create a wax cast, which will then be used to create another mold, which will then be used to create a bronze cast—a replica of the original live specimen.

An initial mold is made of clay. This will be used to create a wax cast, which will then be used to create another mold, which will then be used to create a bronze cast—a replica of the original live specimen.

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 4 of 8 - After the branch is cast in bronze, it's plated in either gold, silver, or brass.

After the branch is cast in bronze, it's plated in either gold, silver, or brass.

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 5 of 8 - Then the individual leaves are cast.

Then the individual leaves are cast.

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 6 of 8 - The leaves are then individually attached to the branch...

The leaves are then individually attached to the branch...

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 7 of 8 - ...To create the final product: a full-scale mistletoe replica, ready to hang over your doorway or from a tree.

...To create the final product: a full-scale mistletoe replica, ready to hang over your doorway or from a tree.



Visit kielmead.com to purchase one of the designs.

Modern Mistletoe by Kiel Mead - Photo 8 of 8 -