I’ve been scouring the archives for tips about casting with D.C. and
found some wonderfully helpful suggestions. However, I have two
questions to which I could not find an answer.
What is the best way to determine how much metal (I will be
casting in sterling and/or fine silver) to melt for the item itself
and the sprue button if the model is made of sterling, plastic,
fimo, sculpy, or any other material? Are there any guidelines that
could be applied?
From what I read, it seems that beginners have the most
difficulty with getting the hot metal to pour past the sprue channel
so that it does not get into the piece itself. Someone suggested
putting the canisters into a 200-300 degree oven, but it was not
clear when this could be done. Would it be helpful (or even
sensible) to put the canister on a small ultralight kiln (that’s
what Rio calls them) while pouring the metal? That might help to
keep the bottom part of the assembly hot–has anyone tried this?
Thank you all for the wonderful and help–it is really
awesome. Sincerely Sandra