Dear Mr Dubiel, It is because of the Orchid group that I decided
nearly 3 years ago to return to school after my forced retirement. I
am 57 years of age and learned of the Orchid group soon after its
entrance into the internet . I would make four recommendations as I
have learned much from my recent experiences.
Get a good chair
Get a good bench.
Get a good lighting system
These items can be purchased used or in case of the bench be made
for a modest sum. Have some stimulating music to listen to. This is
important also .
Purchase your tools as you need them , do not be afraid to make your
own or flea market them. Do not scrimp on your flexshaft . Your wax
pen can be purchased or self made.
Learn to cast your work so you can follow up on your efforts. Silicon
Bronze with the addition of 4 % Silver was what we trained on for two
semesters ( second & third ). The Silver was added to increase the
fluidity of the melt and its casting characteristics.
The Silicon Bronze was available in the form of 1/8 " X 36 " rods. I
believe this was from some welding supply company sources. I think it
came in 20 lb. bundles . I will find out the source so I can share .
The working characteristics were most similar to 10 K gold ( still
tougher ). We learned to finish it and set stones in it. Bright
cutting and Pave is much tougher with it than in gold. It was a real
pleasure working in 14 K Yellow and White for our fourth semester.
You might want to ask traveling sales persons about making some well
finished Silicon Bronze rings with C Z stones set in.
These are a low cost means of showing a line of jewelry . Some sales
persons let it be known that if you steal the samples, your fingers
will turn green and you will have committed a felony for little
We did not try to re melt the Silicon Bronze / Silver alloy. It could
be used again for larger art metal castings in sand casting . ( I
hope as that is my intention. )
With all my efforts I would not trade them for siting at the house
waiting for the world to start. Well come and have fun.
This is a community , We support one another . Hanuman makes a good