I have seen designs online of black zirconium rings. I am very
curious about this metal. Is it a metal that you can cast with?
Not without very special equipment, it is highly reactive with
oxygen, and will burn with great intensity if heated too hot in air.
It is melted and cast in a high vacuum.
Also is it pure black and not a coating? The pictures make it look
jet-black, and from what I have read it says its inherently black.
Nope silver grey, looks a lot like titanium. The black is zirconia
(Zirconium oxide) very tough ceramic coating that forms from heating
in the presence of oxygen.
If it is castable does anyone know of where I can get something
casted? If it is not, how do I get my hands on some of this metal,
or is there someone who can custom make me some pieces?
It is not easy to get in small quantities. A small order is several
thousand dollars and is about 20 lbs of metal.
James Binnion Metal Arts