Dear Orchid members - I feel almost guilty asking for your help
because I know so little about what I am asking. The work I
produce is fabricated and often enameled. - I have cast only one
piece once in a class - but I have agreed to create a brooch
for a life-long friend who wants it for a gift for a very
special occasion in January - if I didn’t help her she couldn’t
afford to get it done. She wants a brooch about 1 1/2 by 2
inches - the figure of a bear (California bear) on all 4’s -
designed using a large (about 12mm) faux pearl - She wants it to
be gold plated rather than actually cast in gold. I am doing
the renderings now.
My questions are these:
Once I get the renderings approved and the wax carved (I will
commision the wax to be carved) where and how do I get a rubber
mold made. I know there are wax carvers and casters, but are
there also mold makers? That is, people who specialize in
making the rubber molds?
Do they also do the wax injections so that I have the two or
three copies of the wax that I will need? If they don’t do
that, where can I get this done?
Should the piece be case in sterling? pewter? brass?
When I send it to be plated (I believe I want 18k) - do I
ask for a particular depth of thickness of plating?
Do you know where I can find nice half-drilled faux pearls
in large mm sizes? I thought it might be difficult to find if I
only want to order 2-3. Might I have to drill the pearl myself?
What glues do you use to glue the pearl to the post?
Can you recommend mold makers, casters, providers of pearls
in San Diego, Southern California, or California? I was hoping
to keep the work close to home so I can share the progress with
her (I’m hoping to get through this and still have this friend)
Finally, can all this be done before mid-January? I would
appreciate any help you can offer.
Sheridan Reed in San Diego where it has been unusually cold.