I have some ideas that are inspiring enough for me to start to learn
how to cast silver.
Even before I get started, I do have one question that I hope to get
answered, since it will help me plan.
I have read that you can do “cast in place” for certain stones, but,
what about metals? For example, if I wanted to embed a wire for a
bail in my wax model… or to cast something around a preexisting
metal part… what are the limitations?
I’m concerned that a long burnout time would result in such heavy
firescale on whatever metal I use, that the molten silver wouldn’t
grab it. Or, the included metal would get fried into oblivion. I’ve
seen it happen before when trying to add loops to my fused glass,
for example. Then again, maybe the prospects are different for metal
embedded in investment, since most of it wouldn’t be exposed to air?
If this IS possible, should I stick with silver/gold, or would brass
and copper perhaps work, too? Thanks for any advice.