I had an opportunity to cast a ring recently. My mother has been taking some interesting classes since she retired a few years ago, and one of recent ones is jewelry making. The process involves carving a wax original, making a plaster mold of it and using that plaster mold to cast a metal final.
I chose to make an Ouroboros (a serpent devouring itself). I had an Ouroboros ring made for me years ago but it was lost, now I had the opportunity to make one myself.
After the original was finished, I handed it off to my mother who was taking a jewelry class so that she could do the actual investment. I am not going to detail the process here, because I did not do it myself, but the Lost Wax / Investment Casting process is well documented other places on the internet.
Maybe one day I will be able to afford the tools to do this myself but for now, I am grateful that my mother was able to cast my ring as part of her project.
The tools that I would need to do this myself are:
- Mixing bowls, investment (plaster), steel flask,
- Vacuum table for de-gassing the investment
- Burnout oven for hardening the plaster and vaporizing the wax
- Crucible / Torch for melting the metal to be cast
- Centrifuge for forcing the molten metal into the investment mold
For now I am very happy with the results and will just have to put the tools above on the “Someday” list