1st Silver Cast at Home
I have already made a trial run with no wax to lose. Here I go for the real deal. Win or lose I'll show how the first attempt at casting silver in my own shop.
I can't show every step but I hope to get enough pictures that the general process is shown. In the future I make a list (no pictures) of every step and just post a link to it for those who want to know. Someday when I have a helper I may be able to post some action shots or a short video.
Unfortunately there is always room for error and I made a few. One at the start and one at the very end. A real crash and burn. However I am not afraid to call it a learning experience and forge er... cast ahead. Too bad about the pattern. That exact one is gone forever, but not the design.
I had a glitch when I did the silver pour. The crucible doesn't stay hot long enough for the cast, so I had to follow the melt to the flask with the torch still heating the silver puddle. When I poured I was a the wrong angle and I had a falter in the pour. It wasn't one quick uninterrupted stream. I immediately knew I blew it but I had to pour all the silver.
I am also starting some work on several new wax carvings. I want to be able to do several castings with each kiln heat. I can easily get three small flasks in the kiln and two of the larger ones. Even with failure I am eager to do more! Love it!