My thoughts were (other than tearing my hair out) to see if
anyone here knows about getting something cast with Canadian gold?
Or any other gold from any other mine that is kind to its workers
and the environment? (an oxymoron, I know). Or platinum? Does
anyone out there work with titanium? That was the only other metal
I could think of. What is the long-term aesthetic of titanium?
Can you polish it? Does it hold stones in prongs? I really have
not paid any attention to titanium as a metal of choice for my
work, obviously. Do we fabricate it only or can it be cast?
Dear Diana, It sounds like your customer is wearing hemp sandals and
reeks of petuli oil. I don’t know of any mining operation metal or
stones, anywhere on the planet, that is truly enviromentally sound.
A few years ago I was asked to do some alloy work for the Cripple
Creek mine up in Colorado. I later found out that this mine was
owned by a company that we have all used products from at one time
or another named AngloGold. Besides the name kinda freaking me out,
this company is so huge that DeBeers is actually a subsidiary of it.
Makes you stop and think a bit doesn’t it. Anyway, your last
question was about fabricating or casting Titanium. I love this
metal and yes you can cast and or fabricate it if you have the right
equipment to do it. If titanium is heated beyond a critical point
1660 C (3020 F), in the presence of oxygen it will explode. You
will need a laser with an inert gas blanket to weld this material to
protect it from oxygen. To cast it requires several steps of vacuum
and back fill of argon to completely eliminate any oxygen before
melting the metal in an enclosed centrifugal casting machine. The
most afforadable (under $30,000), machine for this is made in Italy
if your interested I’ll give you the
If you are looking to buy ready made titanium rings that you can use
for this customer then you may want to try a company in California
called Titanium Eden. They have quite a selection and they may be
albe to help you with what you need.
If you are looking for contract titanium casting you might try a
company out in Oregan called Techform. I am not sure if they do
contract casting or not but they would certainly be your best shot
at it. I knew the folks that owned it from the Santa Fe Symposium
and I can assure you that they know what they are talking about.
Techform Advanced Casting Technology 5476 S.E. International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222 503.652.5224 http://www.techformcasting.com/
J. Tyler Teague
(Jewelry Engineering, Training, & Technology)