As you may have noticed, the Small Metals area has moved to where hot metals used to live. The process has been gradual but successful. We conducted an experiment over the weekend involving plaster investment and molten bronze. There were many variables in this process including new-to-the-space machinery: the kiln, the electric melting furnace, and the vacuum investment table. As well as different materials used, possibly expired flux, a new kind of plaster, and a type of bronze that had been melted a number of times before. All in all it was a great success. Here is a brief overview along with some photos to enjoy.
Fresh out of the pickle!
Finished rings! All of them (except the black stone in the middle) were cast at PS1.
This is a turkey vulture pendant that I created as per request of a member here for a birthday present. The recipient is a Naturalist for the Nature preserve here in IL.
So how I went about creating this: created the design through Adobe Illustrator, laser cut the pendant out with our Epilog laser engraver, and did a lost wax cast to get the final piece in sterling silver, then added a patina to the metal for the shading.