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    Hello Everyone, glad I have joined this forum, seems like there are many interesting people and loads of different crafts on here. I make silver jewellery and am now looking for a course on lost wax casting to try and make more than just one piece of certain designs. I will still make one-offs the traditional way but am quite excited as to what I can achieve with the casting technique. Does anyone here know about classes run around High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) or Berkshire? And is there anyone here who already does lost wax casting in silver? I would love to hear from you...not really sure where to start. There is always the option of sending wax designs to a caster...
    I also want to try and work in different media, like leather, glass, wood...in combination with silver - the sky is the limit really! I have a website but am only allowed to post my URL after having made 25 posts on here...so patience!

    Well, nice to be here - looking forward to having loads of contact with all you creative people!!
    Antje

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    Antje, you will not be short of company here. I don't do jewelry but there are a lot who do. Hang in there you will soon meet them
    Carol
    Carol
    God helps them that help themselves.

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    • #3
      to the forum. I'm not a jewellery maker either I'm afraid but there are plenty on the forum so I'm sure they'll all come out of the woodwork in a wee while to say hello!
      Natalie
      website blog

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      • #4
        Hello and welcome.
        Id love to know what lost wax casting is!
        https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


        http://poisonedapplecraftuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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        • #5
          Hi Antje andI'm sure you will love it on here, it's like a little treasure chest of advice, suggestions and quite often pinkness!!
          for all your paper & card needs visit www.ideasinpaper.co.uk

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          • #6
            Welcome Antje - sure you will love the forum. Enjoy.
            Cynthia
            http://iforjonesdesigns.website.orange.co.uk

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            • #7
              to the Forum... I can't help with your request either but I'm sure someone will be able to!

              Si.
              Wood Tattoos
              Decorative Pyrography for all Occasions - Author of "Woodburning with Style" (2010) and "Learn to Burn" (2013)
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              • #8
                hello and welcome to the forum
                Jan xx



                http://craftyjan.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  from me too...

                  Sue
                  www.susiedolls.com
                  www.susie1205.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    Hello & - my sister used to live in High Wycombe
                    Jayne


                    "One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star."

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                    • #11
                      Hi and from me too !!
                      allabouteden blog

                      fromthehandsofkittyeden

                      my folksy shop

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                      • #12
                        Hi antje and welcome.

                        It has been a long time since I did any lost wax casting but here is a rough outline of the process as I used to do it for small bronze pieces.

                        Make a wax model of your piece and add wax extras to make a pouring funnel and a venting channel.

                        Make/find a container large enough to enclose your model and give enough space around to provide a strong wall to your plaster mould. Place your model with its added wax extras in the container with the top of the wax filling funnel at the bottom of the container.

                        Mix up investment plaster (not ordinary plaster of paris) according to instructions supplied with the investment powder (usually 2 parts powder to 1 part water) and pour carefully around your model. Allow to set.

                        Steam the wax out of the investment by inverting investment container and placing it on a metal rack over boiling water in a covered container for about 30 minutes. When the water cools, you can remove the solidified wax from the water for reuse.

                        Heat the mould slowly to drive off any moisture.

                        You will now have a mould for your metal casting complete with a pouring funnel and venting channel.

                        This does not produce a re-usable mould as you have to break the mould to release your finished casting.

                        Use the finished metal casting to produce a latex mold from which other wax model replicas can be produced.

                        If you send me a private message I'll give you the address of a website which goes into more detail (I can't publish here because of the 25 posting rule)

                        John
                        Last edited by lockettpots; 17-07-2008, 12:09 PM.
                        I follow the "Way of the Clay"
                        http://www.lockettpots.co.uk

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                        • #13
                          Hello & from me too
                          Mel

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                          • #14
                            hello and from me too
                            Your mind, like a parachute, works better when it's open.

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                            • #15
                              Hello Antje and welcome to the forum. I am a jewelry maker too good luck !
                              My blog :
                              www.makateria.blogspot.com

                              My shop :
                              www.makateria.etsy.com


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