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I'm curious what the markup on gold is for casting? I mean over and above what the casting grain costs, then also the $$ charged for the time carving the wax and etc.?? I have no idea on this one.

 

Unfortunately I undercharged on my first gold signet ring as I didn't realize it would weigh as much as it did (even after carving as much away from the inside top as I could). So I will only be making $200 after all costs on a $1200 ring :(. I figure I should probably charge $1500 for such things if the gold costs $950.

 

Btw, most of the ones I make are semi custom, they are a standard design I do, and I just make them to order in the person's size. (I should probably get some wax molds made of each one).

 

 

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I am highly skilled artisan and charge $500-1000 per 10 hours of labor for my services when freelancing depending on the piece.

This is above cost of materials.

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I'm a highly skilled engraving stuff onto gemstones artisan, well and painting too, but my jewelry, is only so so at this point, so I would likely charge a bit less. However the items I do make no one else does, so that helps.

 

I'm not that good at it.. yet... but I can maybe post a fb photo or 2 here. I was completely self taught until recently. I want to see Silent Thunder's as well! :D

 

I also now have a complete lost wax casting setup that I'm going to teach myself to use. I took a mini course on it, but they didn't cover the particular equipment (vacuum casting) that I have. I also need to figure out how to run a kiln + vacuum caster at the same time without blowing a breaker ;). Experiment #1 didn't go so well lol.

 

So far I have gotten the steel rings and the gold ring cast at the local place downtown. I also make soldered rings and pendants.

 

Lots of fun! :)

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I'm not so sure about the privacy settings on this, can you folks see the photo?

 

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1 sterling silver bracelet with a large star ruby cabochon.

 

A couple of "fun with nitric acid" rings, one copper, one sterling silver.

 

A cast steel ring below, custom order. Yes that is a magical alphabet inside the ring.

 

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And another bracelet that I ran through the rolling mill with some lace.. Again a large ruby cabochon.

 

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Great stuff!

 

I thread wooden and plastic beads and so on, to make rattley, jangley bracelets.

 

Its not artisan!

 

But they are pretty.

 

The problem is people keep asking for them, so I give them away all the time.

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Great stuff!

 

I thread wooden and plastic beads and so on, to make rattley, jangley bracelets.

 

Its not artisan!

 

But they are pretty.

 

The problem is people keep asking for them, so I give them away all the time.

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Photos please! :)

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I don't currently have access to a camera, its something I need to get sorted out.

 

I also need to get working on my wood work projects.

 

My staff, rod and wand.

 

Sadly they are still at my old home, I need to pick them up.

 

I'll do some pics when I can, it might be a while.

 

Why don't you let me send you a pm? You seem to be blocking them!

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