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Cut Loose – Wax Carving Basics Part 1

If you are accustomed to working in this additive fashion, the subtractive process of carving wax may be daunting to you at first. It challenges you to find a form, such as a ring, that is trapped in a block of wax. You must get an image of the piece…

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Jeweler Experiences in Tool Design

As you may have guessed, I highly recommend taking out frustrations at the bench on your tools. If you are a jeweler struggling with a process, stop and re-evaluate your tools and procedures. A few swift strokes of a file or a couple of minutes…

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Revising Milled CAD/CAM Models

I have great respect for the capabilities of CAD/CAM technology, and Ive seen some absolutely amazing pieces generated by it. Ive also seen some pieces that miss the mark; they need some simple revisions to make them easier to produce and aesthetically…

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Slicing Wax Slabs

A drill press (either a full size, miniature, or Foredom) with an end mill or cylinder bur can thin down wax slabs quickly and accurately. Position the bottom of the cylinder bur or end mill slightly higher than the desired thickness of the finished…

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Tips for Avoiding Meltdown

Now What? You’ve carved a few waxes or made a piece in metal that you want to mold and have cast. Now what do you do? If you’re new to the business or this is just your first time working with a caster, it can be confusing. Who do you…

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Transferring Patterns to Wax

Starting out with clear layout lines is essential with any wax-carving project. If you’re creating a design from scratch, it’s easy enough to clearly scribe your lines directly onto the wax block. But what if a customer has a design or image…