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I'm looking to make a necklace pendant that consists of a lot of small parts (see attached, for reference), but I'd like it to be durable and waterproof. I live in an apartment so I can't make a kiln/furnace for casting metal, and softer metals seem like they'd deform too easily as a pendant. Oven-fired clay with a polyvinyl resin glaze is a possibility, but I think it might be too brittle. Are there better options for home-made, durable jewelry?
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Vic, I recommend that you try working in Wax or a burnable plastic to make your piece and then contract a company to cast it even finish it for you.
Here are a couple of companies you might want to check out.:

http://www.jccojewelrycastingservices.com/about_us

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=carving%20wax

http://www.jewelrydesignersstudio.com/CastingServices.html

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=wax+carving+tools


Believe me when you add up the equipment electricity and time it is the best way. just remember to pack the wax model well so it won't get broken.
you might also want to get an alcohol burning lamp to heat your tools with sometime.

Good luck and let me know how it turns out.
Chris  

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Chris Eilertsen

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I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.

Experience

20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Organizations
Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

Past/Present Clients
Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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