Category Archives: casting

More Casting

pentic of castingSo today I decided to do another pendant.  And it went well.  I’m happy with my progress, like I’m gaining skill (like I want.)

Metal flows through the mold
Flowing swiftly ’til it turns cold
Shapes cast from a fleeting master
I see you freed in your sprue tree
Polished to a shine
Cast metal, frozen solid.

I’m thinking that I’m going to try sandcasting as an approach for doing lots of these.  I takes a lot of time to prepare these as one-offs of wax, to sprue them, invest them, burn them out, and pour them.  2-3 hours each.  I think by sand-casting, I can get that down to 30 minutes for batches of ten.  That’d be awesome.

Hopefully in a couple weeks, I’ll have the materials on hand to do that.  See you soon …

Of Bronze and Metal, Casting and Community

I’ve been messing around a little with casting metal for a while.  When I was a kid, I would make molds out of cuttlefish bones, and cast lead into them.  I did this in my room, often without the knowledge of my mother.  I only caught the rug in my room on fire a few times, and never seriously.  I’d taken to keeping a cup of water handy for putting out the rug.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I went to BurningMan this year, and had a good time, and an experience filled time.   I was gifted an aluminum necklace, round, with a man in the middle, arms held high in the stereotypical burner way.   I really appreciated that necklace, and treasure it.

And so I decided that I’d enjoy making pendants of my own to gift to people who really showed themselves to be special folks, or for those doing a really great thing.   I also decided that I could make these myself, as is my wont.   So I made a first one, a little man, arms held high.

I like to do things myself.  Things that are interesting to me, or are difficult.  It’s pleasant for me to take such a project and make it real.  I love being able to say (and I think of Gir from Invader Zim here), “I made it myself!”