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Wayne wrote at 2013-08-27 00:38:44
Dear Thomas, well it is a long way down the track since my first contact.  After several goes at getting the slip cast moulds right - to cut a very long story short - the process does not work.  For information it is a sealed electric kiln.  The gold seemed to attract some fumes from the glazed items that were in the kiln and the gold acquired a thick slag covering and only partly melted.  It looked like a small section of black mammal brain.  I have since tried to torch melt it.  The gold melts inside the thick coating of slag but the slag proved extremely difficult to remove.  I have ended up acid bathing the lump with success.  I'm now going to work on torch melt and pour.  Thankyou for your kind words.

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Have a question about jewelry repair or working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones? For many years up to December 31, 2010, I was a working professional bench jeweler, involved everyday with setting stones in mountings, designing and making jewelry, repairing and limited custom manufacture. If you work with jewelry as a hobby or as a profession, I might be able to help. I deal with the retail business, not mass production. Ask privately if you wish. See the box for that: It keeps your question between us. Please DO NOT ask MAKER'S MARKS, but metal quality marks are fine to ask. Please DO NOT ask diamond prices. See a gemologist for that.


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