I have a friend who creates excellent work with PMC, but as the cost
of the material is so high, she had to price her jewelry
accordingly, hence did not sell much, As she is certified at the
highest level and teaches PMC she gets discounts on what she buys but
the price is still very high. As she already had a programmable kiln,
she now has switched to lost wax casting. She did have to get a
centrifuge for the casting, but said that she has been able to price
her work at a level that sells, so it has already paid for itself.
She carves the waxes and found she can make the same designs as with
the PMC. By using scrap silver which she accumulates when
doing fabrication, and supplementing it with casting grain which she
now gets for well under $20 an oz. she has cut her costs and her
sales have really picked up.
Being a very creative person, she found that by using the Matt wax
gun, she could extrude the wax and get wonderful overlays on the
carved waxes, similar to what she did with extruded PMC. I asked how
she got the extruded wax to stick to the carved wax, and she said
applies a thin layer of water proof glue over the carved wax, and the
two waxes stick together.
She enjoyed working with the PMC, but the high cost of the silver
caused her to make the switch. Alma