At 01:05 PM 11/12/96 +0000, you wrote:
.If you're talking about the steam casting
routine no I have not tried it but it sounds dangerous to me water and
molten metal don't get along well as I am sure you know and this is the
reason whatever material you cast into needs to be completely free of
moisture or as nearly so as possible.<
Excuse me for getting into this, but I have some experience in this area.
I've learned a great deal from your posts and hate to appear to disagree
with you, but steam-casting is an old, tested, safe (as any kind of casting)
method of replicating wax patterns. I think a commercial steam casting kit
is still on the market but there's no need to buy one because steam-casting
is utterly simple (except for a couple of crucial little wrinkles) and the
necesssary equipment is probably already on hand in most everyone's garage.
It's mainly for "beginners on a budget," and lacks the sophistication of
other casting methods, but it works beautifully and I still wear jewelry I
cast years ago using this technique. I even wrote an article about it which
sold to a magazine that never got around to publishing it. For those
curious about casting but who haven't bought equipment yet, it's an
excellent way to learn basic techniques: wax work, spruing, investing,
burning-out, weighing wax and converting to precious metal weights, melting,
de-spruing, filing, polishing, etc., etc.
Since most Orchid professionals are far beyond this stage, if anyone is
interested in learning more just email me direct and I'll work out a way of
providing the details.