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Post by Colin Creed » Sun Nov 21, 2004 5:46 pm

Hi Everyone,

Here's an update on the Wolf head job that I posted in Dr PICZA.
As you can see the job is more involved than just scanning the head.
The design is a pendant for a man & is based on a Viking amulet known as a "Thors Hammer".
Customer had researched the design & this is what they wanted.
Milled hammer as two wax parts then joined together.
Chain goes through the Wolf's head. The head acts as a bail.
This will be cast in 9ctYG, approx' 30gms finish weight.
Total length of piece is approx' 45mm.

Will post photos when finished.

regards Colin
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These two pieces will be cast seperatly then detailed & soldered together.
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How finished piece will look.
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SAS insignia pendant

Post by Colin Creed » Sun Nov 21, 2004 6:14 pm

Hi Everyone,

This insignia maybe familiar to those with some military knowledge.
It's the Aussie elite special forces (SAS) insignia.
This wax is for another Jeweller & was scanned from a badge.
I believe that it's going to be a gold pendant with dimonds set in handle of the sword.
If I'm the one who gets to finish the cast item, I'll post photos.

regards Colin.
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Nice Job

Post by JewelryDoctor » Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:24 pm

Colin very nice work. Do you paint all your waxes., and if you do what typw of piant do you use and are there any probs when you cast?. I really enjoy seeing your stuff thanks for posting.


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Wax Powder-what it is

Post by Colin Creed » Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:20 am

Hi Michael,

This is one of those pretty neat tricks, shown to me by an Old Time Jeweller that I worked with many years ago.

The reasons are this:
1; Helps the customers to visualise their wax design in whichever metal.
The grey for StgSil that's oxidised.
The yellow for both 9ctYG & 18ctYG.
2; Helps to lift out the detail when taking photos of waxes.
3; Helps when hand carving, to get an idea of the depth of cut or detail that your trying to achieve.
4; Helps to put a polish onto the wax surface after you've finished hand carving.

I've used this trick for over 10yrs & never had a problem with the finished casting or metal contamination.
But I don't recommend it & wont use it for a wax being carved for casting in Platinum!

The grey powder is a Ultrafine Powdered Graphite as used by Locksmiths.
(Graphite-That's why it's not suitable for Platinum waxes!)

The yellow powder is a Superfine Metallic Pigment used by Artists for making gold paint or gilding picture frames.
It's a finely ground brass powder that should be available from a good Arts & Artist supplier.
Apply with a cheap nylon brissle brush & gently brush it on, blow off excess powder.

Hope this helps, Colin

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thanks

Post by frog113 » Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:40 am

Thanks for the posts and the tricks :D
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Post by Jwlrymkr » Mon Nov 22, 2004 8:40 am

Great stuff Colin!

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Photos of finished items

Post by Colin Creed » Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:56 pm

Hi everyone,

Here's the photos of the finished Wolf hammer & SAS pendant.

The Wolf hammer ended up weighing 25gms in 9ctYG.

regards Colin.
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Post by Jwlrymkr » Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:02 pm

Nice work Colin!
I notice a lot of your castings are in 9 karat. Is that pretty much the standard in Australia? On the other hand, as heavy as your pieces are, they'd be $$$ in 14 or 18 karat. By the way, your 9 karat has a nice color. Are you alloying your own gold or using a premixed alloy?
Keep up the great stuff!
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Post by Colin Creed » Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:56 pm

Hi Ken,

As Australia was a British colony, all of our Metal Standards are based on the British ones.
9ct is the lowest carat gold allowed in Australia & England. (also Canada, I think?)
your 9 karat has a nice color. Are you alloying your own gold or using a premixed alloy?
I don't do any of my own casting as it's not worth the setup & trouble for me.
I have a prefered caster that does a great job, next day turn around & can handle my huge pieces without holes & ruining them.
They do thier own alloying & I must admit their color is pretty good.

regards Colin.

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