Although I am not new to the jewellery trade, I am indeed new to
the question that I want to put forth today.
I have recently purchased a rolling mill in the hopes of being
able to melt and reuse all the silver scraps that I have piling up
in my studio… Well, then I had decided to go and purchase a
steel flat plate mold and a crucible and a handle that all nicely
fits together to allow one to pour directly from the crucible to
the mold, I proceded to prime said mold as directed, and prime the
crucible with borax, and then the moment of truth. The melting and
pouring of the silver…all the metal that I chose for the melt
was clean cutaway scraps.
Then the worst…I had the metal at the pouring consistency and
the mold warmed as best as possible and when I proceeded to pour
the metal it just kinda decided that it would congeal at the
opening of the mold and not slide in nice and smooth as I would
Hmmmmm, and so now I am at a loss as to what to do…Do I have to
have a second friend beside me with a second torch, just to keep
heating the mold, or is there a trick to this that I am just not
I constantly watch the responses in here from all of you and I
know that someone must have a fail safe method for this
dilemma…I have read Oppi’s book, but still feel the complete
idiot as of late.
thanks and hoping for some help!