Please Help with Casting Jewelry

by Tj.

Please Help with Casting Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Help please – I have done casting once in someone else’s shop with no problem.

Now that I have my own equipment I have not been able to do one good cast.

Please Help with Casting Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I’m using the same methods and equipment but with terrible results.

If you have any idea of what I’m doing wrong, I could really use the advice. Thanks.

Please Help with Casting Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Tj
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  • John Augustine says:

    What casting process are you using? Investment, cuttlebone, sand ??

  • As John Augustine asked above, I think it’s important to know what casting method you’re using before any of us who cast can help you out. Some of my jewelry is lost wax casting, and my first piece of advice on doing it yourself is: DON’T. For a couple of dollars apiece, I can have my work cast on tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, by craftspeople who have dedicated years to perfecting their technical expertise. And I can spend my studio time wax carving, finishing pieces, doing metal clay work, and dreaming up new designs. (Note, I do cast some of my bronze sculpture, because the detail is on a larger scale.) But if you’ve invested the money in professional grade casting equipment, and you’ve decided this is a good use for your studio time, maybe invest a bit more in a class?

    And all that said, it kind of looks from the photos as though maybe your mold wasn’t hot enough after burnout or you didn’t have enough vacuum. It looks to me as though maybe the metal “froze” before it got all the way out into the delicate voids in the negative mold. Perhaps the stones acted as a heat sink?

  • TJ,
    My suggestion is to find someone in your area with experience to come to your studio, evaluate your equipment and technique then give you advice on how to proceed.

    Judy

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