Casting a CND pendant in silverimage/svg+xml

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Here is my entry for the #build-contest and this was a bit of a task as i thought it would be simple but that was just not the case.

I was tasked with casting a base metal pendant into a silver pendant, to start this off i covered the pendant in talc and packed one half of the casting flask with delft clay.

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I now added the other half of the casting flask and added more delft clay making sure it was packed down so the clay really captures the details.

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A pouring channel is cut to allow the molten silver to reach the void created by the impression of the pendant.

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The flask is locked shut and clamped with some heavy duty clips, once the silver reaches 1100°c it is poured into the top.

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This is the moment of truth, when opening the casting flask you wonder did the pour go correctly and at first glance it looked good.

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Next step is to cut off the sprew and i used a jewellers saw but i do wish i had used a hacksaw, i always do this in a vice with a sheet of paper underneath so i can recover any silver that is dropped.

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Next thing to do is take a small file and remove any flashing where the silver has crept into unwanted areas, this was a real pain as the gaps where awkward.

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With a the filing done it is time to move onto smoothing everything and i start off with a rough polishing wheel that removes any high points.

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The last polishing step is to use a rotary tool with some jewellers polish, there is two steps with this. First i used a white compound which gives a medium polish and then red compound which gives a shine.

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The last step for this is to stamp my work, i used a mermaid stamp and MJG. To make this easier when stamping i suggest heating the silver until it glows a dull red and then quench in water and stamping really becomes impressive.

thankyou for reading

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Nice! Too bad that you don't ship to the US.


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That's kick ass MJG!! Nice job.

Very nice work! The excess silver that you cut off has a pretty cool shape to it as well! One question though, what is the purpose of the talc at the start?

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Stops the two halves of the flask sticking together

Amazing . I like your post.

Very cool work, the stamp is just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations on being featured by @bengy in an entry for the Pay It Forward Contest

Cheers buddy, some of my earlier posts where i made stuff like my gold torc are good

Fascinating post! I love seeing your art come to life like this.
I found you because @bengy featured you in the Pay it Forward Curation Contest. Keep up the great work!