Hi everyone, I have been doing a lot of research on hydraulic pressing in jewelry making. The process intrigues me, but the price deters me. I ran across an article in ganoskin detailing how to make your own dies using Devcon (plastic steel). I really like the idea of this knowing that my pieces could be my own one of a kind design, but repeated easily by me only. I don’t really like the idea of spending $50 on a die and many others could be using the same one as me. Does anyone have any practical advice for me on doing this process? Any practical advice on assembly a more cost effective press option than a Bony Doone or Potter press?
I don’t have a press or any of the equipment yet. I have been watching jewelry sales sites trying to find used equipment that satisfies my picky taste. With no in person art fairs this year, I probably won’t be buying anything soon, but I like to plan ahead.
Thanks much for any advice anyone can offer.