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I remember seeing this done in high school. We mostly cast brass or copper (all the school could afford), and had a centrifuge set up to force the metal into the mold, so it's a little different than your setup. 

 

Centrifuge vs vacuum is, I guess, a huge point of discussion for jewelers and casters.  Both work very well.  I chose vacuum mostly because I am doing this in my personal shop and really don't like the idea of flinging a ball of molten metal around at high speed in my basement.  The vacuum machine setup cost a bit more, but I think for my application it has advantages.

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This is really cool! I've never heard of this type of art before. It will be fun to watch.

 

I'd never heard about the rings in Haiti either - that's really interesting, and a bit sad too. I love that y'all send rings over!

 

And if you ever make some silver leaf jewelry, you can be sure I'll jump in line! :lol:

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This is really cool! I've never heard of this type of art before. It will be fun to watch.

 

I'd never heard about the rings in Haiti either - that's really interesting, and a bit sad too. I love that y'all send rings over!

 

And if you ever make some silver leaf jewelry, you can be sure I'll jump in line! :lol:

 

Jewelers and small-scale sculptors (very limited runs, as is Talespinner's case) use lost wax casting for custom pieces.  I did this in college and worked at a small, local jeweler who provided custom jewelry using this method.  It was fun to watch and to do.

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this is awesome. Looking forward to the process!

 

Nissiana used to work for a Haitian hospital (in development for the non-profit offices, not actually in Haiti);it's very cool that you can use this to help them out.

 

(and I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Pittsburgh Faire one day!)

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I'd never heard about the rings in Haiti either - that's really interesting, and a bit sad too. I love that y'all send rings over! ...

 

Same here.

 

A quick image search revealed that it is very much a thing to have rings that are a near his/hers match.

 

(Two rings that closely resemble each other.) Such as:

Haitian+Engagement+Diamond+Fashion+Rings

 

I saw several styles and I assume this ^ is the very posh end of the range.

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