JEWELLERY CASTING CRISIS
Ever had a bad day at the office? I do a fair amount of casting to make bespoke jewellery using the Delft Clay casting method.
You use two aluminium rings and red casting clay to make a mould, melt down some pieces of sterling silver and pour it in.
I have honed my skills:
- at least double the weight of silver required to help with the pour
- build a fireproof toasty area within which to melt the metal and then...
- heat for a little longer making sure the silver is really fluid
- Incorporating a pinch of powdered borax cleans up the mix and finally...
- a swift and decisive pour gives good results.
So what on earth happened here??
Looks like I will be buying a new crucible!
If you are interested in how this process is meant to work there are plenty of good tutorials out there such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPBcQJSCaoU