I don't think you quite understand the process here. When you
asked earlier about molds, you would have been talking about rubber
or silicone molds. These are the type that are either kept by the
caster, or shipped back to you with the casted batch.
I understand the process perfectly fine. I'm a certified casting
technician through the Texas Institute of Jewelery Technology, which
extensive experience casting carved one-of-a-kind waxes and regular
mold waxes. I have also gained experience in wax carving. There is a
method to my madness, here.
Yes, I was asking about having rubber/silicone molds returned to me,
so that if I so chose, I could modify the original wax- a
theme-and-variation approach to custom and production work that I
picked up in places I've worked. I asked about casting one-of-a-kind
twigs because I have no space for a casting setup of my own. These
were two seperate questions.
I know that organic materials can be cast effectively and accurately
because they were cast regularly in stores I've worked at in the
mountains. The trick is a higher than usual burnout temperature.
However, this particular plant part is a different type of wood
(palm seed-pod stem) and shape than the cones. Again, I have no
space for a casting setup of my own, so this is something I'd need
done for me.
Most production casters for hire work only from rubber or silicone
molds, and do not burn out natural materials to make one-of-a-kind
I am aware of this, and that is why I was looking more for someone
with a setup. (Two seperate questions.)
I suggest that you read a good book on casting, such as Tim
McCreight's Practical Casting.
This is one of the Texas Institute of Jewelery Tech's textbooks.
Artists you may have seen who are using twigs in their one-off
jewelry designs are probably casting them themselves.
Again, I have no space for a setup. I do know what I am asking for
My advice is: be dainty with them!
Thank you for the advice.