Almost everything has been done already. There is no need to replicate it, except using a new approach.

Ornaments and symbols that conjure knots in wood, stone and metal have been passed on to us from virtually every bygone culture. I've become more interested in the technique of bakers, who concoct elaborate objects of knots and pretzel-like shapes using threads of dough.

In place of dough I use soft beeswax sticks. With oiled fingers I knot them into dozens of entwined shapes, of which only a few will make it into gold.