Yes, I actually got that casting set from my parents back in the mid 1980s. I only wish I had the horribly awful things I made with it! Incomplete casts of nugget rings, rings with shanks that were way too thick. I was casting in the kitchen, burning out with a kiln on the glass cooktop. I had no idea what I was doing…but had that great instruction booklet! I actually scanned it a couple of years ago for someone on a forum who had found one of the casting boxes and didn’t know what to do with it.
Since then I’ve been doing more fabrication from sheet and wire, and bought the casting setup a couple of years in hopes I could do a little more mass production. But I struggled with the wax. I took a class from a master of wax, Kate Wolf, and finally “got it.” I can tell you I have over a thousand bucks in wax and it was all trial and error. In a couple of years, I made one thing. I feel like was is becoming almost a lost art, and I struggled to find any information on how to do it. My best “teacher” before Kate was the old University of Michigan Dental School video archives. I can tell you I was definitely trying to reinvent the wheel!
Anyway, I have a tech background and graphic design background, so this seems like a natural extension of a bunch of random skills…I’m pretty excited about it, and got the okay from my better half to get the printer today. But I can tell you the weak spot is my knowledge is the actual casting. I’ve cast a few things successfully, and glad I have the larger vacuum setup so I can use the perforated flasks. I do also cast glass, and some glass artists use the R&R brand of investment. I do know with glass casting the investment can cause a very bad surface on the sculpture if not cured correctly. I currently cast with Kerr Satincast.
But things like cleanup of the models and even time-efficient cleanup of the actual castings are still quite unfamiliar. So I’m thankful for the forum and the opinions of the more experienced folks. There’s another forum about casting jewelry (he spells it “jewellry” in the title) that has some good info. I’m getting the feeling that some of his poor results are from curing the models in the sun instead of a UV curing unit.
Anyway, I can’t wait to see where you go with this!