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[Looking4] Casters and Laser Welders


#1

Hi Folks,

I have a repair to do which involves affixing a small,cast hand to a
long, hollow object, all in sterling. Since I don’t know what kind of
solder was used in making this item, I assume that I would have to
use easy solder. I’m still not confident about this repair,
especially since I only have a small tip for my torch. Thus, I am
looking for a jeweler/silversmith in the Los Angeles area who has a
laser welder, or who would be willing to tackle this repair. Any
takers?

Secondly, I would like to find a caster who can cast (in silver) long
and/or large items for me from wax. (At least 7" long, up to about
14" long, perhaps 1/4" to 3" in diameter. (think of letter openers to
goblets) Any ideas? This does not have to be local for me.

Thanks everyone,
Ruth in lovely LA


#2

Let’s try again: I need to find someone who is willing to cast 7-10"
long objects in sterling silver, and someone who has a laser welder
and will helpme with a repair in Los Angeles. Any takers or
suggestions?

Thanks,
Ruth in scorching L.A.


#3

Pacific casting in Oakland (510) 444-0550 has the capability for the
7" items and maybe the 10 " Call them talk to G

James Binnion
@James_Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts


360-756-6550


#4

I don’t understand why you need someone with a laser welder? Why
don’t you just use a large propane torch? You just need to be careful
to make sure that you apply the heat according to the mass of the
components. Don’t like the sound of casting goblets… Why don’t you
raise them or get them spun?


#5
I don't understand why you need someone with a laser welder? Why
don't you just use a large propane torch? You just need to be
careful to make sure that you apply the heat according to the mass
of the components. Don't like the sound of casting goblets.... Why
don't you raise them or get them spun?

First of all, thank you to everyone who responded to my requests,
both on and off list. I was originally thinking of a laser welder as
I was attempting to attach a small, heavy piece to a large, hollow
one that I did not personally make. I even thought there might be
the possiblity that the hollow piece had wax or some other substance
inside. I also could not tell what kind of solder had been used
originally. I do not have a large propane torch. I use a Hoke torch
with natural gas and O2 and small tips…

I only used the idea of casting a goblet, for a size comparison,
-although I would like to carve a wax for a goblet eventually, not
for the bowl, but for the stem. I have a wonderful casting house
locally for smaller pieces, but not for larger items in silver.

Thanks again everyone.
Ruth in balmy L.A.