Dear J. Tyler Teague,
The reason I replied to your post, was that I thought there was
misfor less knowledgeable Orchid members.
Where I often work it is not unusual to make 10 molds of the same
model in one work day , which is rarely in the USA. These same
mold cutters are normally expected to cut between 6 and 7 molds per
hour, every hour, all day, every day. Cuts happen."
Since I believe that most Orchid members make one mold or two
perhaps of the same model, like I may, working in nickel would be a
disadvantage in the time and difficultly I would experience in
workin with a metal that is harder for me to work with. In my case,
fabricating in nickel would be a disadvantage. The details of your
post to my reply supports why I posted what I did. Your need to do
what you do is totally appropriate for your need. The information
you posted was for something so out of the realm of most
metalsmiths on Orchid, it didn't make sense to me that there was any
When I nick a model with a surgical scalpel, I have never had any
problem polishing the piece, remolding and I don't have any
significant change in the detail of the model.
I have been refered to by a goldsmith I make molds for as an artist
in moldmaking, as passed on to me by the goldsmith that had been
refered to me. And I was told that the goldsmith that refered me
rarely complements others.
I only cast about 500- 1000 pieces per week. For myself, and some
other metal artists, and a bread and butter charm line. I would be
interested in how you could save me money.
Richard in Denver