I have lurked here for years now and sometimes even timidly ventured
I’m asking for your help. I’m part of an artist’s group that meets
monthly to “play” in our chosen fields (mine is metal clay,
chainmaille, and I’m just now set up for some sheet silver and
One member of our group is a wonderfully talented and trained
sculptor who, for reasons of health and finance, has turned to
jewelry to express himself. Our group has unofficially “adopted” this
young man because of his talent and skill and we have done what we
could to help him, since jewelry construction was new to him. He
briefly worked as a bench jeweler many years ago and did wax carving
for his employer. Just recently he has carved some exquisite flowers
in wax with the thought of casting them in silver as elements of his
jewelry pieces. I suggested that he send me his questions and I would
post them on Ganoksin for responses since his limited computer access
made it difficult for him. I will convey to him any responses and
will appreciate any help you can give him.
i) What is a fair price for having jewelry pieces cast in Sterling
Silver ? I was quoted $3.50/gram at one place. And another place $75
for a large flask fee plus the cost of the metal. I’m not sure what
is A fair price. Can anyone advise me ?
ii) How can a person best get trained to do lost wax jewelry casting
in order to make producing their own work more economical ?
iii) How can a person get into lost wax casting of their own work in
sterling silver for a reasonable amount ? Can you find used
Thanks for any help you can give.
Ann L. Lacava
Pure Silver Studio