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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-10-31 12:12 am   Permalink

thank you.

 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-10-31 8:18 pm   Permalink



little bit of sanding and fill work, then a nice polish.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-10-31 9:08 pm   Permalink

That was quick!

 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-10-31 9:32 pm   Permalink

yes, as quick as a 6 hour dewax and an 8 hour burnout can be. now there's only about an hour and a half of finish work and 24 hours of mold making, then the wax masters, then the investing of them, then the whole process starts over again. yay for unemployment!!!
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-10-31 11:56 pm   Permalink

i forgot to mention how easy metal is to carve. it's like butter. lucky i have lots of soft brushes to swirl it around.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-11-01 09:10 am   Permalink

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On 2009-10-31 23:56, pdrake wrote:
i forgot to mention how easy metal is to carve. it's like butter. lucky i have lots of soft brushes to swirl it around.





Perry, I have an appreciation for metal casters, they have the skills of a sculpturer and mold maker, and the balls of a brass monkey! To heat metal to 2000+ degrees and then pour it into a machine that spins it 'round 'n 'round at high speeds is just plain CRAZY

I did one, and only one attempt at metal casting 20 years ago - a pewter snake head swallowing an onyx egg. Heating the pewter to 600 degrees and playing with it was definitely an adrenaline rush, I can't imagine 2000 degrees. It's not much, but here it is




 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-11-04 8:15 pm   Permalink

this will have jump rings on top of the bird's heads.



puppy hair not included.

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Posted: 2009-11-04 8:56 pm   Permalink

swwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeet!!!

 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-11-08 7:30 pm   Permalink

thanks, toe!

now for the casting . . . .



first time a had a mold work on the first molding. good thing because the mold material isn't cheep.

(get it? birds? cheep?)

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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-11-11 9:22 pm   Permalink

coming out nice . . .



sorry about the non-tiki pieces. just ignore them.
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-11-15 10:25 pm   Permalink

i know there are a few other metal people here. i'm a little lost as i'm learning all this on my own. i have a question for anyone with an inkling of knowledge to help me. (well, two questions.)

what's the best way to solder jump rings onto bronze?

how can i stop the crystallization of the metal during the casting?

mahalo!


 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-11-18 4:50 pm   Permalink

never mind, solved my problem.

i know these aren't exactly tiki, but . . .

starfish!



these were easy and they're cute and i thought people would like them. i had to experiment with some casting techniques anyway.

i have some cool tiki stuff in the works, though.

mahalo!
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-11-19 6:23 pm   Permalink

tiny bob . . . these will be earrings, that's why the back is hollowed out. they'll be quite lite.


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ZeroTiki
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Posted: 2009-11-23 11:30 am   Permalink

nice bobs!

 
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TikiMango
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Posted: 2009-11-23 4:46 pm   Permalink

You are doing wonderful things with your metal castings! Looking forward to seeing all your final works. Is that a Shazam! or TCB lightning bolt?
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