Could somebody (or several people) please guide me to a resource for
learning investment casting. I would like internet web pages,
books, magazines, video tapes, etc. to teach me how to do this. Here
is what I am trying to accomplish: I make titanium wedding rings
with complicated surface carved designs (Greek key patterns and
Celtic knot patterns) and I would like to be able to cast silver,
gold, and platinum into these carvings. All of the carvings are
continuous around the circumference of each ring and therefore the
precious metals would be continuously bound around the ring and would
not require bonding to the titanium.
I am not looking for the ability to cast more than one ring at a
time, and I would like to purchase a small scale apparatus for this.
Preferably something that works under vacuum so that the heating of
the titanium does not form too much of a surface oxide or nitride.
In addition to the articles on how to do this, I would also like to
know what minimum equipment (and where to buy it) that would be
needed. Please assume that i know nothing about casting and have no
equipment. So what would I need to purchase and how much (roughly)
would I need to spend?
Thanks for any and all help. If you look at my website, you will
see many precious metal inlaid titanium designs, but these are all
done by hand using a channel setting technique, and it VERY time
consuming on the more complicated patterns.
Daniel J. Statman, Statman Designs