Well, I cast my first item this weekend in my self-taught path
towards fame and fortune, er, well at least towards self satisfaction.
I did a ring in silver, which turned out pretty cool. I didn’t think
that it would come out as well as it did, especially given some of
the issues I had (the mold fell out of the casting machine while I was
melting the silver, torch was not hot enough so I had to heat three
I was following some instructions from Tim McCreight’s book, and
threw a pinch of borax in at first red and when the metal became
The problem that I had I discovered after polishing… the metal was
a bit pitted here and there. I had expected some knobs from bubbles
(no vacuum machine), and received them, and cleaned them up OK, but
the pits were unexpected.
Were these some chips perhaps off the mold when it fell the couple of
inches to the tray of the casting machine? Would a late and too heavy
fluxing with borax cause crystals to find their way into the mold? Is
it some other known and obvious cause?
Thanks in advance!