I am dumfounded that anyone should want to cast simple shaped items.
Even if you have to order a piece of square wire or bar, bend it
around a mandril, saw it, solder it, size it and polish it. Surely
you will have a beautiful hand made piece of jewellery. I could do
it in all10 minuits, and have a happy customer. And reusable scrap.
Against: preparing a perfect wax, (10 minuits on a lathe) sending it
to the caster, waiting days, having to file off the outer surface,
check for porosity, repair any porosity, check the size, polish and
pay for the casting. Probably doubling the cost price in silver. Dont
reuse casting silver scrap! Practically always, it is easier, quicker
to handmake simple shapes. I always invested in the best tools I
needed, drawplates, etc. when I was starting out. They soon paid for
themselves. Casting for complex shapes, when you know you will be
David Cruickshank (Australia)