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JEWELLERY CASTING CRISIS

JEWELLERY CASTING CRISIS

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