Wax Casting Jewellery

ipping your toe into the world of casting? Otherwise known as “lost wax casting”, this technique dates back to the 3rd century BC and has been used across the world. The processes have of course simplified since then, so if you’re considering attempting some castings to make modern jewellery, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the right metal casting tools and equipment. Not sure where to begin? We’ll run you through the top seven pieces of metal casting equipment to help get you started.

Metal casting equipment to add to your kit

1. Casting Flasks

Casting flasks, also known as casting rings, are tools usually made from aluminium to hold wax models during the casting process. Used in conjunction with a rubber base, the flasks are then filled with investment powder before being left to dry. Once fully dry, they  can be placed in a kiln for the wax burn out.

2. Small Crucible

A small crucible is a piece of metal casting equipment and is simply a dish used for melting metal in. You’ll add your casting grain or scrap metal pieces into the crucible with some flux and charcoal powder before starting the melt up. When the metal has liquified, it is then poured into an ingot maker.

3. Casting moulds

Aluminium moulds are the most common type of mould used in the traditional casting method. Similar in size and shape to flasks, aluminium casting moulds fit together, with a line on the outside edge of both the top and bottom pieces that has to be matched up before casting.

4. Cuttlefish

Interested in trying something a little different? Give cuttlefish casting a go! These act as an alternative type of mould for casting. Head to your local pet shop and you should be able to find one.

Top tip! Make sure to choose a thicker cuttlefish as these are easier to cut down the middle.

5. Carving File

Carving files usually come in a set of tools specifically made for waxing and carving. Having a set of wax carving tools as part of your casting supplies will allow you to shape the wax you use if you’re planning on making your moulds from scratch.

6. Steel Tongs

One of the must-have metal casting tools you’ll need for the jewellery casting process are steel tongs. Ideal for safely transporting your work, tongs should be able to pick up any metal castings from the heat of a kiln.

7. Kiln

Jewellery casting machineIf you’re planning on making jewellery casting a regular part of your projects, it’s worth investing in a kiln. There are various types of kilns available – mini kilns are perfect for smaller projects, or larger ones are available if you’re looking for something with a bit more space. A kiln is an essential piece of metal casting equipment for firing your work during the jewellery casting process.

Pick up all the jewellery casting supplies you need at Cooksongold

And that covers all the metal casting supplies you need if you’re a beginner. Make sure you pick up all the jewellery tools and jewellery casting equipment you need for the job from Cooksongold. Looking to try your hand at some other techniques? Head to the equipment and technique focus section of our blog for some inspiration.

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