Have we met? I was born and raised a gearhead, so it was only natural that Corazón Sterling (originally known as Sterling Silver from Taxco) was launched as a sales venue at classic car auctions. I have driven all over the country and love the community of car enthusiasts I have met along the way. I find that Motorheads have a natural understanding of the craft of silversmithing.
With Father’s Day on the horizon, I am deviating from the typical campaign of jewelry for men to show you something truly amazing – sterling silver cars! These scale model cars are made by my friend, Crisanto, and his passion for anything on wheels.
“I was born in Taxco. I am a Taxqueñan by nature so I really like silver and silver jewelry. I have been a car aficionado since I was very little….at two or three years old I was already very excited about cars. I would go up to the highway and count them. I would see one brand pass by, then another brand and I would admire them as they passed by in the street” – Crisanto
I met Crisanto on one of my first shopping trips to Taxco. His shop was bright and beautifully arranged and I fell in love with his displays of the vintage-inspired jewelry that initially drew me to Taxco. He also had a poster of a Porsche on the back wall above his desk. I don’t speak a lot of Spanish, but I do speak Car. There was an instant connection. – Kathy
“For 38 years I had a wholesale shop in Taxco and I sold silver jewelry of all kinds. I learned how to make the silver jewelry myself, because I didn’t only like to sell it, but I liked to actually make the jewelry.” – Crisanto
From start to finish, every detail is critical!
“The first step is to select a model to produce. Some models are more sought after than others, and very saleable. We started with a Volkswagen, for example, which is very well known in the whole world.”
“I take all the proper measurements and note the specific features that it has. From there I model it on a 3D printer, which prints the piece in wax. Each 3D wax piece is cast into silver.”
Casting is the process by which a wax piece is converted into metal by putting the wax model inside a metal flask, pouring casting investment, and heating the flask in a kiln so that the wax melts away, creating a negative shape of the model. Then liquid silver is poured into the hardened plaster to create each individual piece.
“Did you notice that the tires spin?!. We make all the individual parts separately: the tires, the undercarriage of the car, the seats, the steering wheel and then assemble them all together to create each individual car. We also made a car with hinged doors and a hinged hood so you could see its little motor.” – Crisanto
Crisant’s latest masterpiece, a stunning scale model of a Harley Davidson, was commissioned by a Museum in Mexico. Crisanto is making his model, the Artist’s Proof, available for purchase. $3,500, when divided by the hours of work involved in creating this brilliant piece of artwork is truly a bargain!
In addition to the pieces we have for sale, we can make a one-off custom design for you! Give us the make and model of your favorite car and Crisanto will make it for you! Why settle for a tie when you can present a bespoke piece of art to your favorite gearhead, along with the accompanying photograph album showing its production?
Crisanto retired from the jewelry industry but he keeps himself busy – both in his workshop and out and about, promoting Taxco by organizing classic car and motorcycle events that bring his communities together. He displays his silver scale models at each event which gives him an opportunity to show off the craft that is the lifeblood of Taxco.
Community is all about finding a place where you belong. It doesn’t matter if a person doesn’t look like you, or even speak your language. Sometimes an understanding simply occurs. And in that moment, differences fall away and you see a kindred spirit where a stranger was just standing.
Whether you are looking at jewelry, cars or just a beautiful view, community is created when kindred souls come together and share an experience.