Perhaps this is old news and I simply don't get out enough, but I
found this fascinating/ gross. Is anyone out there on this list
making stuff like this? http://www.goldteethny.com/
In the Texarkana area , this is called Hip Hop Jewelry . I have done
the waxes molded to the dental plaster positives made from the
alginate molds. These were done for me by the jewelry store owner who
wanted this work done.
Considerations for me began when I cleaned up the dental plaster
model of the teeth. This work is one of a kind, so you need to figure
that into the deposit and pricing schedules. After cleaning up this ,
I formed sheet wax to the model. I then cut the sheet to size and
weight . 14 K yellow gold is the preferred material so wax weights
reflect this. I was given target weights to prepare for and it became
a matter of determining wax thickness. Removal of weight while
retaining enough structural integrity to set stones is tricky .
I was allowed to examine Hip Hop mouthpieces, one was taken from an
individuals mouth. Interesting discussions followed. I am neutral
about the work. Expect to practice VERY good hygiene when doing this
work. I did no casting as my studio was not completed so the project
is holding fire.
There are modest labor profits, but as many people consider this
beneath them, I would expect plenty of work. This is interesting, but
not over challenging work. This is legal and hurts no one directly, as
it is considered cosmetic only. I would take care not to look down on
my clientele as this is a raffish bunch.