How to Cast Jewelry | Jewelry Making

How to Cast Jewelry | Jewelry Making


Courtney Gray: Welcome to Creative Side Jewelry
Academy of Austin, online at creativeside.org. I’m Courtney Gray. I started my school here, Creative Side Jewelry
Academy, four years ago. I’m here in Austin, and I’m going to tell
you about jewelry making today. Today I’m going to talk to you about jewelry
casting. This is a really fun technique used in jewelry
making to produce beautiful, beautiful pieces. What you do is you carve a piece from carving
wax. It comes in purple, it comes in blue, it comes
in green, and they’re actually making wax now that’s actually gold-toned or silver-toned
so you can show your client exactly what it’s going to look like in the wax. This is how I show my clients my wedding jewelry
that I create, so they actually get to see the stones in place, they get to see everything
before it’s made. You’re actually going to take it and put it
on a rubber base. Either you do this in your own studio, if
you have a casting set-up. If not, you can send it to a casting company
and source that work out. And you’re going to take a flask, it’s basically
a metal pipe, and you’re going to place it around that wax. Then you’re going to pour a plaster-type material
called “investment.” It’s what’s going to create your mold. So we’ll put that in the kiln, and you’ll
have an opening where your wax gets burnt out. And actually, it’s called lost wax because
you lose the wax, it burns away, and then you pour molten metal, either by a vacuum
or by a centrifugal casting machine. That’s what I teach here at Creative Side
Jewelry Academy—how to shoot molten metal into that flask and create your cast piece.

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