The following article offers guidance to the best practice to be followed when using Argentium silver casting alloys.
When deciding whether to fabricate or cast a ring design, the value of Hoover & Strong mill products should not be overlooked. This article will show how to combine various Hoover & Strong mill stock products to produce a custom-fabricated platinum ring. Continue reading
As retail stores and wholesale companies get into the designing and manufacturing end of the trade, more people than ever before need to know the basics of melting precious metals. Continue reading
Something goes wrong. You spot it in production. Or worse, a customer calls to complain about a shipment. You can’t imagine what happened. What do you do first? Where do you look? How do you find the problem? Continue reading
A good jewelry caster must be familiar with some of the basic concepts of metallurgy, ceramic science and mechanics, so that he can use these technologies for the benefit of his trade and art. Jewelry casters over the centuries have done fine work, as is attested to by gold castings done by early Egyptians, Africans and the South American Indians (Fig. 1). Continue reading
1. Calculate investment and water requirements. Use a ratio of water/powder of
44\100 for gypsum based investments, ie. 44g (or ml) water to 100g powder.
For any flask of diameter (D) and height (H), calculate investment
requirement as: Continue reading
A MAJOR PORTION OF THE JEWELRY MANUFACTURING process is affected by the quality of the master model. The way to successfully lower casting rejection rates lies in the execution of a precise master model. In lostwax casting, a design moves from model to mold to wax to investment to the final cast. Since it is inevitable that a fraction of detail will be lost at each stage, it is vital that the operation begin with the sharpest possible master model. Continue reading
Enter the alloy designers. Some praise them. Some pity them. For the alloy designers have a tough job on their hands: They have to design metals that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offer mechanical properties suitable for making jewelry. This is not an easy task. Continue reading
1. Due to the huge increase in customer demand for platinum jewelry, more and more small shops are needing to add platinum jewelry design and manufacture to their in-house services in order to stay viable. Completing jobs on time and under budget with minimal expense and with the least amount of down time has always been a hurdle for the smaller shops. Adding platinum production comes with its own set of additional hurdles…or so I was led to believe. Continue reading
Despite what you may think, several companies around the world are setting gemstones in waxes and casting them successfully.
The economic benefit of this process is readily evident. If you can set stones in wax and can cast with the stones in place, the stone-setting costs become more competitive with products from countries with lower wage rates.
Techniques for casting with gemstones (CWG) differ somewhat from the usual casting doctrines, so in-house experimentation is required. But the payoff is worth the effort.
This article deals with tested, proven techniques that have evolved over the past few years. Most manufacturers who do casting have the equipment required to properly perform CWG. However, model makers and casting and wax departments will be required to work together and share information for the process to be effective. Continue reading