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Casting Library

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Affordable Luxury
How to cast lighter weight, heirloom-quality platinum designs to meet lower price points. By Platinum Guild International and Jurgen J. Maerz

Beyond Wax
Even if you’ve been casting wax models for years, the photopolymer resins being created on the new low-cost 3-D printers may have you feeling stumped. Experts in the industry weigh in on how these materials differ from wax and how to deal with them in everything from the initial CAD design to investment to burnout. By Shawna Kulpa

Big Shot: Casting Case Studies  The Case of the Platinum Mamba Knife Handle. By Shawna Kulpa

Bi-metal Casting
Casting an 18k white and 18k yellow band. By J. Tyler Teague

Castings from Nature
Creating jewelry from natural objects. By Daniel Grandi

Cool Gold
Testing blue and purple gold alloys in the shop. By Linus Drogs

Crystal Clear
Where the water goes in gypsum-bonded investments, and why it matters. By J. Tyler Teague

Cutting Cues 
Tips for making great molds. By Chuck Hunner

Defy Tradition
RW manufactures personalized jewelry using a modern approach. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Dream Team
Anyone who’s played a team sport knows the value of good team communication. And designer Paul Klecka knows that when it comes to jewelry making, nowhere is that need more evident than in the relationship between a designer and his casting team. See how good communication led Klecka and the team at Techform Advanced Casting to a casting victory. By Shannon L. Brown

Fill ’Em Up
Unconventional tips to ensure complete fills and quality castings. By J. Tyler Teague

Five Classic Casting Tips
Best practices from industry experts.

Fresh Eyes
A look at how Jewel-Craft discovered the root of a casting problem by going backward. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Go with the Flow 
Effective spruing strategies. By Shawna Kulpa

Hit the Spot
How a fabric cleaner can double as a de-vesting tool. By Gary Dawson

The Light Side
Contract casters discuss how they overcame specific challenges presented by casting designs on the lighter side. By Teresa Fryé

Material Evidence
Comparing 3-D printer materials

Now What?
Tips for avoiding a meltdown when having your pieces cast. By Kate Wolf

Operating in a Vacuum 
Creating a double boiler vacuum oven. By James Binnion

Rockin’ Around the Casting Tree
No one wants to think about the cold holiday season during the hazy days of summer, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about the designs you want to sell to this year’s shoppers, especially those designs you’ll need to have cast. To make sure the casting process is as smooth as molten metal, industry casters share tips to help ensure that your holiday orders are ready for the earliest of shoppers. By Shawna Kulpa

Sprue Design Quiz
Test your knowledge on getting optimal fills when casting. By J. Tyler Teague

Step It Up
Tips for improving casting quality. Compiled by Tina Wojkielo Snyder

A Sure Cure 
A new method of preparing 3-D acrylic photopolymer patterns for investment casting. By James Binnion

Vanishing Act
How Hot Isostatic Pressing can make porosity disappear. By Teresa Fryé


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