After reading along for several months I finally have some
questions. First when mixing investment for casting must you use
the black rubber bowl or can you use any type bowl? My rubber
bowl is small and sometimes I want to mix more than it can hold.
You can mix in anything (that will fit in your vacuum bell jar).
For large pours I commonly use tupperware...
Second what is the best way to finish casting? In the class I
took, after removing and grinding off the sprue, we used a
series of Cratex wheels and then polished the casting. I have
read that you can finish castings in a tumbler but am not sure
of the process or what media to use. I have stainless steel
shot and burnishing liquid. I am sure these are basic questions
and thank you all for your help.
Tumbling is really only useful for pre-polishing. You still need
to mechanically remove the rough parts with files, sandpaper,
rubber wheels. etc... The stainless steel shot is purely for
polishing. We used to cast alot of charms and tumbling was the
only way to affordably polish them (we weren't worried about
small parting lines), and is a several step process with steel
shot being the last step. I have been known to tumble entire
trees of castings just because it makes the tree look so much
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