I made a mould and cast a ring

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I made a mould and cast a ring

Post  Odonata on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:28 am

I told ya's all I was struggling to get a sterling silver ring to use as a base for the crystal clay I've become very attracted to, and that I was struggling to find a way to make my own in either molten silver or silver clay. Well, I opted for the silver clay route and so had to make a mould from the blue sticky gum stuff. When it was set I filled both halves with ArtClay Silver (much smoother and easier to work with than PMC).
2 days later I opened the mould and found this:


901290_10151579513631303_1777731830_o by Odonata Studios, on Flickr

After tidying it up very carefully with a needle file and emery papers it looked like this:


893185_10151581261856303_991811644_o by Odonata Studios, on Flickr

And after firing it looked like this:


886682_10151594104156303_529040058_o by Odonata Studios, on Flickr


I was really rather pleased but thought I'd do better with the next one.
As silver clay is so expensive I couldn't afford to let this piece go to waste so set to with the epoxy clay and crystal chatons and the end result is......


883675_10151586791986303_412526183_o by Odonata Studios, on Flickr

I'm very very pleased to say that my client didn't feel it necessary to make another one as she thought this one was just perfect.
I have to say at this point that the photo of the finished ring shows several flaws in the casting but it was taken on a Super-Macro setting and shows flaws that aren't visible to the naked eye.
I think I'll be making more of these Very Happy
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Re: I made a mould and cast a ring

Post  Cornish on Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:43 am

Looks good Very Happy
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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:11 am

Well done for working it all out and achieving what you, and the client, wanted. It must have been very satisfying and it looks great.

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Post  lislarch on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:36 am

Well done Gillian, its a very bling ring!
You've done really well making one from scratch, I found silver clay soooo difficult to use I gave up with it.
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Post  Tinker on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:59 am

Well done that looks ace! I can't get on with silver clay either, still got a load of tools to destash!

Look forward to seeing lots more Very Happy
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Post  Mead Moon on Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:16 pm

It turned out very well Gillian. Have you been encouraged to use more silver clay now?
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Post  Ashlynn on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:23 pm

That's one classy ring, glad it all worked out well and that both you and your client are pleased with it.

Looking forward to the next one.
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Post  Odonata on Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:49 pm

Thank-you girls. It is a bit bling isn't it? Not really my own thing, except for a big night out, but it was a great project to work on and got me really excited again. Was just what I needed.
I did find this Art Clay a lot easier to use than PMC though. Less sticky and fibrous. It also seemed a bit stronger when dry than the other stuff too.
I might use it again for other things too. (When I've got some money Embarassed )
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Re: I made a mould and cast a ring

Post  Batty on Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:21 pm

Very, very Fiddly, and you Odonata are the best Fiddler I know Wink Wink 
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