It's been awhile since I've taken the time to update a post. I hand carved a few new ring bands that I'm going to replicate and soon make multiples of. The cat ring was made out of impulse for fun. I'm very happy with the turnout. The following is the recorded process of that particular night.
This was the song that was playing on repeat while the torch was on
A few days back I created the mother mold for this particular object. Last night I got to cast the pedant along with some other items. Originally my idea was to create a badge, but as of right now I don't have access to pin fasteners. Pretty much I was really anxious to see what the piece would look like casted, so I just made it into a pendant.
Tonight was the first time I used a "spring-loaded" centrifugal casting machine. Working in a new space with new equipment (kilns/touches/casting machine) can be a bit foreign. Since everything went smoothly, I feel perfectly fine casting a few more rings in the next burnout/spin cycle.
A few weeks back I ran into an old friend I haven't seen for years. He's been traveling the United States for the last five years with different bands. We quickly collaborated on the idea to make a badge. Would you believe the idea became a mother mold?
I've been getting accustomed to using Reoflex30 for awhile now. I can never seem to get the measurements exactly on so I usually have extra once mixing a batch up. Instead of wasting the material, I'll find something to make a mold of that happens to be "in reach"at the moment. The found object in this case happened to be a tiny flamingo, so by accident/coincidence I created one of smallest wax model I've made so far.
I decided to fabricate a two part sand casting mold. The mold is composed of two frames which will securely fit together to prevent any loss of material while casting. Rectangular steel beam was selected for the unification of shape.
Tj was generous enough to show me an old school sanding technique that was once passed down to him. Instead of sanding in a circular motion, he taught me sanding in a figure 8 motion reduces metal evenly all the way around the frame. Although this technique may take time, I'm sure its application will serve in multiple avenues.