Hello eminent members of this List:
My name is Nina Millington, owner of Nina-Silver Design at
http://www.nina-sd.com. I am an Australian living in Florida
and learned my trade in this Country. I have been 16 years a
silversmith, primarily doing cut and solder designing one-
of-a-kind pieces using silver and In the last couple
of years, I set up my casting workshop with a view to going
online and doing production, including wholesale. Of course,
in order to do this I had to teach myself to web write (in an
area which is a virtual writer’s desert) and so developed my
48-page-and-growing site (critiques welcome).
I exchanged links with Ganoskin a couple of months ago but only
found out about this great list through GAF last week.
It would be a great help to me if I could get some feedback from
all you experienced castors about a problem which has come up
lately in my workshop.
I started out casting with a Vic 12 Vacuum Casting Machine from
Rio Grande which, as some of you probably know, comes with a
vacuum table for debubbleising (sp?) investment. Since all my
experience in casting was with a centrifuge, I somehow could not
get that thing to work properly and turned a lot of new silver
into old and wasted a lot of wax before giving up and going back
to the centrifuge. I am about to return the Vic 12 to Rio
leaving myself with no way to deal with investing. Vacuum
Machines cost a fortune and there is no way I could get one
right now - Rio quoted me $470 for a pump, belljar and pad to
build my own which is still out of reach at the moment. So I’m
looking at a vibrating machine which is available for under $100.
Does anyone have any experience of these that they could share?
I’ve no idea how well they work - don’t want to start wasting
silver, wax and investment again.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I need to get this
Vic12 on the truck back to Albuquerque which means I’ll be
temporarily out of business.