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Making the Cut

I am getting close to using my new mold making and wax injection tools. I am making two new designs for pendants that I will first cast in silver the standard way. I will highly finish them and then use them as the masters for the rubber mold making. The result should be that I will have two master...
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Update: Two cans in the kiln Tuesday night. I will be casting silver this morning. The two pendants will be the prime candidates f... Read More
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:39
Dan Kautz
The two pendants came out just fine. That has become a good habit. The process is long and involved but the outcome has become qui... Read More
Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:00
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Making a Twofer

The Celtic cross is a favorite item for my customers. I haven't invested in wax injection for duplication so I have to cut new masters for every new cast. This time I decided to make a twofer CAD file and cut two at a time. Run time was 2.5 hours with a 0.005" ball end mill in my Taig system. There...b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC06504.jpg
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Keeping Busy

The workshop has been dominated by the piano stool restoration project. It's nearly finished, probably done today. I will of course post the finished product pictures in the article. What this project has done is shut down all my other work. I have some silver to cast and then finish and I am also i...
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Obviously

It's a very cold wet miserable day. But it is February so it is what should be expected. This is what makes one appreciate the nice days. That's the problem with thinking heaven is having everything always perfect. That is NOT a good forever experience in my way of thinking. HA! I need to be workin...
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Cx5 Sculpting Product

(Originally posted in Dimensional Art Org) I have ordered a sculpting product called Cx5 and Cx5s made by Adam Beane Industries. I have been aware of it for several years but had no motivation to try it. Now I am wondering if it will be a suitable media for doing the small carvings I have be...b2ap3_thumbnail_cx5NObanner.jpg
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Use caution if you are interested in this product. Adam Beane has not fulfilled my paid (PayPal) order for over two weeks and has ... Read More
Monday, 15 February 2016 09:37
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Update: Pressure from PayPal has worked and Adam Beane Industries has shipped my order. It has not been received but it is good to... Read More
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:24
Super User
I received my Castilene clay order from Sculpture Depot yesterday. It took about three days from when I placed the order.ABI is pr... Read More
Thursday, 18 February 2016 09:11
Adam Beane Industries
Hey Dan, we'll be excited to see what you create in Cx5, and what your experience is with using it as a lost wax material! I wante... Read More
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 02:56
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