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Should I cast my pieces?


#1

& Searching for a Casting Co.

Hi All,

The first question I know is a highly personal decision: Should I
cast some of my designs? To this one I believe I have answered
’yes.’ I want to produce multiples, I want to start selling
wholesale (w/ in 18 mo.) and can not produce enough product on my
own to meet a high volume order, should I get one. I would begin
with casting just one or two of my most popular designs. I work in
silver so I would need molds made etc.

I would love to hear advice on that whole process: Casting options,
having multiples made, what to consider, questions to ask a caster
etc.

Secondly, I am looking for a good casting company in the Eastern CT
or RI area. I would like to work with someone who produces a high
quality product (silver) and is willing to work with me to the
degree of being willing to answer the many questions I have (ie.
someone who is happy to work with a ‘newbie’). And, should I work
with someone locally? Does this make the whole process easier?

Thanks very much for any input/advice.

(If I do not respond right away it is b/c I am still trying to
figure out how to reply to messages - whenever I try and click
’reply’ my email system shunts me to an Outlook set up that does not
work on my computer!)

~Kristen Brown


#2

If I am making a piece with multiple parts, I will make a mold of
each different part, before final assembly and then make a mold of
the final piece. I will then be able to duplicate each piece or use
the individual parts in other designs. I have many mold for
different sized findings that I have made and that are not available
commercially. It saves me a lot of duplication time. …Teddy


#3

I highly recommend Richard Halstead at A.M. Schaller casting in RI.
He walked me through this exact situation with lots of fabulous
advice. I have been very happy with the castings he produces

Thanks
Carina Rossner


#4

RaceCar casting is a wonderful company who will work with you to
answer all your questions. I have found their attitude to be if they
help me sell more then I will be a better customer to them so it is
in their best interest to help me. They are in RI.

Sam Patania


#5

Hello Kristen, I recommend Racecar Jewelry for casting. Daniel Grandi
is very knowledgeable and is in Cranston RI. Website is
http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/racecarjewelry Contact him and ask
your questions.

No association other than a satisfied customer.
Judy in Kansas, which is a Loooong way from RI!


#6

Kristin,

Race Car Jewelry in Cranston, RI. Dan Grandi is the best!

Good luck,


#7

Thanks to all for your replies. Just looking at Racecar’s website
tells me I am in for an excellent experience.

Best and warm wishes,
Kristen


#8

Kristen,

Congratulations on making the decision to move forward with having
your pieces cast. It seems as though you’ve really though through
the decision and looked at it from not only a business standpoint,
but also from your perspective as an artist. There are obviously
many things to consider when working with a caster and evaluating
your needs is the first step.

At MJSA, we have a lot of technical on working with
casters as well as a detailed list of casters in the northeast that
you might look into working with. On a personal note, I have dealt
with one of our members - a designer from Arizona - who had to ask
the same questions and ultimately made the decision to work with
Racecar, a caster in RI. She might be a very valuable resource for
you and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind speaking with you about some of
the hurdles she had to overcome. She If you email me off-list, I’d
be happy to put you two in touch. We have also recently posted a
Guide to Subcontractors on our website that features articles on how
to work/ communicate with subcontractors effectively. It also
contains a list of subcontractors and service providers. The Guide
is free to MJSA members or can be ordered from our site for $12.95.
I can also send you a list of casters and point you in the direction
of some casting related articles we have available.

Orchid members, contact me off-list, and I’ll do my best to get you
a copy of the Guide.

Best Regards,
Travis Searle
MJSA Membership Coordinator


#9

Daniel (at Racecar) is fantastic! By far… one of the best.

Cameron