I have used Techform, in Milwaukie, OR (503-652-5224) to cast
stainless steel and chromium cobalt. They also cast platinum, using a
ceramic shell around the wax that allows it to come out almost shiny.
BUT…casting stainless steel isn’t all that cheap. It is fairly
complicated and requires special equipment. These folks do a lot of
work for the medical field (hip joints are cast in cobalt chromium,
for example). Unless you are planning to cast a lot of one piece, it
may not be economical to work in stainless. It is also a lot more
labor intensive to clean up the castings. Cobalt chromium can also be
a real bear, but will oxidize with heat to a beautiful black.
Bite the bullet and invest in silver. At least you can recycle your
mistakes, and your successes will be easier to sell. The techniques
used to work in steel are also different from working in more
malleable metals, so you may find that your training is taking you
far from where you may want to be.
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