My wife sold some of her silver pieces I made and so I needed to get some replacements back in the pipeline. Gloria's stash of silver jewelery (that I made) is kind of like my active inventory. She knows I can make a replacement if I need to. She is my primary sales agent!
Some of her silver is totally hand carved so it is impossible for me to make a perfect duplicate. But I get close. I don't mind making copies but I mostly enjoy making new designs. All shown here except for the Celtic crosses have been made by me a least once before.
I am not showing ALL the steps here, just the general progression. There are quite a few stages in doing lost wax casting. I enjoy every each one of them.
I have several more wax masters to cast but I didn't have room for more flasks in the kiln. I now have 44.2 grams of silver in the cut off sprues (chicken bones) that I will work into future casts. Silver never goes to waste. Doing four flasks at one time does create more leftover sprue material than usual. The rule is to not use more than 50 percent old silver in a new cast. I have fudged on that rule with good results. However, the copper to silver ratio may get out of line with the proper Sterling Silver mix. Some copper is lost in each melt.