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Lost wax casting to order. Answered

My kiln is on the fritz, I need to cast a piece but I don't have time to wait for the new kiln to arrive. Does anybody know of any UK companies to whom I can send a carved wax piece and have it cast in precious metal?

Thanks in advance.

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steveastrouk

Best Answer 7 years ago

Try the local dental school ? Or a dental technician ?

I was amazed what the guys at Manchester Metropolitan could cast when I saw their facilities.

Steve

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Re-designsteveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

Good answer. I didn't even think about them. They might do it labor free just for the experience.

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steveastroukRe-design

Answer 7 years ago

Yes, until you've seen the technology behind dental work, you really don't appreciate the incredible degree of the most beautiful handwork that's involved in it.

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alexhalford

7 years ago

Thanks very much, I shall look into it =]

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rickharris

7 years ago

You don't need a kiln.

this used to be available on the web but seems to have gone commercial now:

A terracotta plant pot wrapped in a couple of layers of foil in case it breaks.

Placed upside down over a gas camping stove will make a temp kiln to burn out your wax. Keep hot and melt your silver in a crucible with your normal torch and pour into the plaster mold.

If you want high definition get a tin can larger than your casting cylinder  Fit a wood handle - a tuna can works well in most cases.

Line it with wet news paper. After pouring the silver place the can over the mold and press down - OBVIOUSLY take ALL precautions here.

The water in the paper is flashed into steam which presses the silver into the mold.

NOTE:

Do this at your own risk although other have done this for years it as always carries an element of risk which you should work to minimize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0w_E-Y-R5E\\

http://www.myheap.com/book/chapter-08A/steamcasting.php

may help

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Re-design

7 years ago

In the absence of any direct answers, find a custom jeweler and ask them nicely and they might put onto a source or do it for you.