We are about 3 hours north of San Francisco and we do some
casting for others. We can make a rubber (RTV) from the original
wax or if you insist a vulcanized mold from a metal “master”. We
guarantee either mold but for this we charge more ($40.00 or so
for what you have described). We cast silver, gold and bronze
(usually for the larger pieces up to about 85 lbs). We can either
supply the metal or use yours but if yours is not new casting
shot the castings cannot be guaranteed otherwise we guarantee
the castings (as long as they are not one of original waxes with
no backup mold). We charge on a per can basis, the larger the
can the more it costs, multiples in the can are not a problem (we
will fit as many in as is reasonably possible). Small cans are
about $15.00 (2-4 rings) large cans up to $30.00 and up depending
on the number of pieces (if you wanted 100 rings in one large can
we have a lot more wax time than if we have 5 or 6 larger pieces
in the can). Bronze castings are an intirely different process
and if one is interested contact us directly so as to not clutter
this list with larger art casting talk.
Our prices are higher than others on this list have stated they
pay, but we offer personal service and we guarantee our work.
You should, however, be able to find sombody doing casting work
for others in the greater San Jose area, try asking at the
local colleges in the jewelry departments. The Falen blgd. in SF
is good too. Also try Tom Heater Company (jewelry supplies) in
SF and ask who they might know of doing this sort of work.
Best of luck. Ever thought about learning to make your own
molds?? I do give instruction on this and it is pretty cheap to
get into especially if you have a vacuum unit. Just a
John and Cynthia/MidLife Crisis Enterprises
Maiden Metals/C. T. Designs/ Bloomin’ Wax Works. etc.
PO Bx 44, Philo
Ph 707-895-2635 FAX 707-895-9332
If your’re headed in the right direction,
each step, no matter how small, is getting you closer to your goal.