Shot at the Precious Metals West/Fine Gold refinery. Used a Canon 7D, and a GoPro camera. Many thanks to Kevin Kenney for his help at the camera and editing.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Some shapes are just difficult by nature. So we work up specific metals to help. Like this deox silver. I took this to help illustrate what is possible to reliably cast in modern deox (tarnish resistant) silver. There has been no finishing. This was cast, quenched and steamed off. That is all. No pickle, no stripping, no tumbling.
Posted by Daniel Ballard at 10:56 PM
Friday, May 13, 2011
Jewelers size rigns all the time, it's a staple skill. But if you look close there is a beauty to the act itself. Now lasers are common and just no fun to watch at all. Nor is the electric and eclosed casting machine. So as the open flame era begins to fade I offer the occaisional display of the spectacular old school way.
Posted by Daniel Ballard at 6:34 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Usually a piece like this is made by an artist for it's own sake. This sugar bowl & goblet are really demonstration pieces to show what can be done with this very special sterling silver that contains platinum family additions to the alloy.
Posted by Daniel Ballard at 9:08 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Each year the gold refinery for Precious Metals West/Fine Gold opens it's doors for a very special day. We invite a number of students and staff from GIA in to see real gold refining, casting, wire making and sheet making. These young students, literally a piece of the future of the jewelry industry get to see where all those diamonds and precious stones they know so well are going.
Posted by Daniel Ballard at 7:25 PM