some might call it "cheating"...
Its not cheating at all, its the way to a finer product, that’s why
they’re available, its not just a time saver. Make it from wire and
you have a seam. Is a seam a problem? Sometimes yes sometimes no.
Its part, I guess, of the make it or buy it question. Sometimes the
most cost effective AND relevant-to-the-design way is to buy it then
modify it. While one could decide since seamless is the way to go but
"I wanna make it" one might carve a wax and cast from there. Fine
enough. Except now you have a casting with all its considerations,
instead of worked metal with its advantages. That being said I
recently did just that…cast from wax I carved that pretty much
duplicates an available on special order wedding band configuration.
My sticking point was that of metal choice(18PW) in a right now
fashion. So I’ll deal with a little porosity at the sprue but I have
a nice mushable alloy to flushset my oh so sensitive stones in. And
it’ll be done in a rush.
That’s partly why I suggested to look at the goal before the starting
point. Whether its the design itself or the properties of the piece
its good to define it first. Heck, you already know where you are
now, you’re in the gate. You need to know the finish line.