Previous post disclosed that I was going back to old skills and hand caring a ringfrom wax.
The project is complete and the ring is now on my ring finger right hand. I also tried it on the left hand where another silver ring I made usually stays full time. Right hand fingers are a tiny bit larger than the left hand.
The blue wax slab was cut from a large block of wax long ago. I use it from time to time as can be seen from the several “bytes” missing from the slab.
Have skipped documenting the investment process, kiln firing, and actual casting process. The next picture shows the ring on the sprue after coming out of the acid pickling process. The white is actually how pure silver looks before polishing.
Required several more hours of hand work before the ring was in that all bright and shiny finished form.
Last picture shows the ring is a size 12 as intended.
This is a example of my current work in Lost Wax Casting of Sterling Silver. Some of these items are 100% hand carved in wax while the more finely detailed are machined in wax with 3 or 4 axis CNC mill. The wax masters are then used (one time) to create molds for casting the designs in silver. The wax master is burned away and lost.
A few of these designs have been made multiple times as I often receive request for a particular piece. Most of the items shown are available in my new on-line e-commerce store.
All programming and finished designs are created by Dan Kautz. Some of the basic outline shapes like the Celtic designs are publicly available but are modified in their design for the applications as shown here.
Many other metals can be used besides silver. Gold being amoung the most expensive!