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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-05-30 9:22 pm   Permalink

been working on getting the casting up and running. lot's of equipment, supplies, time and talent involved. i'm lucky to have a good friend who's into it with me. we've been learning a lot, especially since all of it is from just reading books and the internet. oh, there's that whole "trial and error" thing, too. things are starting to come together,though.

i don't know what made me decide to add about 10 lengthy steps to my carving process. oh, well. i started with a couple that i already had poured moulds for. i'm using lost wax mostly with a little sand casting thrown in just for fun.









hope everyone is doing great!

mahalo!

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-05-31 07:51 am   Permalink

That is so cool! Gold? I tried my hand at lost wax casting several years ago and had a great time. But it was pewter and I melted it in the BBQ! I'm thinkin' you can't do that with gold

Flame on man!
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Kiki von Tiki
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Posted: 2009-05-31 2:08 pm   Permalink

That gold moai looks great! Have fun casting, I haven't done any in a long time and I sure miss it. Looks like you're doing steam not centrifuge, right?
Remember not to pick up that flash with your hands! LOL! (no really, I saw someone do that once, YOUCH! Can you say 3rd degree burns?)
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Posted: 2009-05-31 5:32 pm   Permalink


You might want to pick up some books by Tim McCreight.
His books can be quite helpful for beginners .

Scott
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-05-31 11:11 pm   Permalink

thanks a lot, scott. i really appreciate your input and i'd really like to pick your mind more. i'd like to come down and spend some time with you guys, too.

here's the first pieces of silver i was able to save. it was my first silver pour and there were a total of 10 in the flask. 2 made it and luckily they made a pair. what do you think?



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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-06-01 10:15 am   Permalink

here's a better picture. i'm going to pour more of these today. unless it rains. rain and molten metal don't mix well.


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Mambo
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Posted: 2009-06-01 5:50 pm   Permalink

that looks great!
How does the lost wax process work?
I've heard of it but dont really know the procedure.

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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-06-01 9:56 pm   Permalink

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that looks great!
How does the lost wax process work?
I've heard of it but dont really know the procedure.

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haha, that's a loaded question. the basic steps are this:

make an original

make a mold of that

make wax copies in that mold

mold those copies into a molding compound

burn out the wax leaving an empty space that is the opposite of the original (thus the name "lost wax")

pour in molten metal

pull out metal pieces that look like the original

bang, done!

there's a lot of great videos of the whole process on youtube. i've learned a lot from them.
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2009-06-01 11:48 pm   Permalink

Gold moai is VERY cool! P - always trying new stuff and succeeding at it! Lookin' real good!
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-06-02 12:06 am   Permalink

thank you so much 'nesiac. here are the first 2 sterling moai out of the shop. it's amazing how much work metal takes. i need to get some tunes in my new workshop. the ceiling fan sounds like bears humping.

these are going on sale tomorrow. there will be 10 in the edition. even silver is getting expensive these days. these were made from recycled sterling spoons. i bought them at a local coin/metal dealer. hah, new life for old stuff. that's a beauty.



they are as shiny as a new penny. well, actually, they're a little shinier than that. they're as shiny as a new born star!
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Posted: 2009-06-02 08:38 am   Permalink

WOW Perry, So glad I found this thread, you know I hardly Ever visit the "Other" side. Nice stuff you're doing Love the gold Moai.
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TikiG
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Posted: 2009-06-02 09:41 am   Permalink

Nice! Nice! Nice!

I've been hearing some talk recently like "How come nobody crafts tiki earrings?"

Well here they go and the low edition numbers - should have them clamoring for purchases. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 2009-06-02 9:52 pm   Permalink

Those earrings really are unique. Beautiful work on those! That's a true art....
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-06-02 9:57 pm   Permalink

wowowow! thanks, sam! here's a pic of the original pieces. i gave them to a good friend that lives in seattle.



i'm still carving bone and jade for originals. i have a pendant piece in the works that matches these. i've already promised it to her, but i'm going to make silver pieces of that as well.
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Posted: 2009-06-02 10:04 pm   Permalink

That bone stuff is beautiful too. It's way beyond me how you guys do that!

 
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