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If you've always wondered about how jewelry is made and fine craft is done, this is the blog for you! Our intent is to show you the step-by-step of creating jewelry from a silver-smith's and lampworker's point of view. We'll throw in some other interesting craft-work too. Consider this a "tutorial-light" blog in a way. You'll get to see the creative process from start to finish. Sometimes it may take a while to get to the finish, so please be patient! We often have to wait for the muse to strike--sometimes in the middle of a different project!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lost Wax Casting, Attempt #1

Lost Wax Casting Attempt #1

I took a casting class about a year ago and just loved it!  I found some used equipment, set it up and then did nothing else for long enough to forget everything I learned!

Lucky for me, I kept a file of my notes.  Of course, I had to find where I put those darn notes...

Creating the designs from wax was the easy part.  It was the actual casting that I had to try to remember how to do.  I made enough items for 3 flasks to experiment with for my first try.

As you can see from the photos I had several pieces where the molten silver didn't flow all the way through.  When I released the centrifuge to spin the flask with the molten silver it fell off the arm! oops! I had to figure out how in the world to keep that from happening.  Turns out I hadn't attached the arm properly in the first place.  So, there went 2 of the flasks.  Third time was a charm!   As you can see the ring came out just fine.

I think this heart has a lot of potential!  After it gets cleaned up I might layer it with some enameling...

Stay tuned for when I get these items cleaned up and try some new pieces!  But don't hold your breath 'cause it may take another year.

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