In Jan 2020, right after my Ph.D. defense I set my sights on lost wax casting for jewellery. It was a great learing experience for me as it was something totally new to me. Some things I learnt, during the 3 weeks I spent doing this are:
- I started out by buying some plaster of paris to create heat resistant moulds.
- I used onshape (web-based CAD system) for designing ring.
- Various methods for making a mould for wax model.
- Melting various metals and learning about using flux materials to prevent oxidation at high temperatures.
My final product, a metal ring, from it looked something like:
I hope to continue this new found hobby during my spare time and hopefully get better at jewllery designing. Some prime departments in jewellery making include
- CAD Modelling
- Making a wax model
- Making an investment cast
- Wax burnout and metal pouring
- Finishing and Polishing
Here is my future wish-list for this hobby