Step It Up

Tips for improving casting quality

Compiled by Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

(Originally Published August 2011)

Editor’s Note: Every jewelry caster has his or her own set of procedures and guidelines for turning a model into a precious metal casting. The routine in your shop might involve a combination of tried-and-true practices, passed down through generations, and high-tech tools that aid accuracy and efficiency. Bridging the gap between tradition and technology are the tricks of the trade—the stuff you learned through trial and error, in-depth research, a seminar, or a conversation with your grandfather decades ago.