DIY Kiln Controller

I really like casting. I love the smell of molten wax in the morning. And the shimmer of the mercury like metal before the centrifuge spins it into the magic.

But I don’t like getting up early in the morning to turn the damned kiln on. Actually the second part of that statement is redundant, but I digress. After the getting up early, being tied to the kiln all day to check that it is at the temperature it is supposed to be is almost as bad. It just seems like a job that would be better done by someone with a better attention span, like a machine. Continue reading DIY Kiln Controller

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Lost Wax Casting

One of the techniques I use to make jewellery is casting, using the ‘lost wax’ method. The basic technique is fairly simple, reflecting it’s development a few thousand years ago. A ‘wax’ master is placed in a mould, and then burned out. Molten metal is poured into the mould creating a replica of the master. Of course there are a few more details, which I will explain… Continue reading Lost Wax Casting