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« on: August 06, 2006 10:37:41 AM »

I am taking a metals class this summer, and I am always trying to come up with ways of combining craft with fine art, so when I saw this challenge I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to test my creative skills.  After all my trials and errors, I finally ended up with this set of four rings.  

 These rings were made by crocheting tiny nylon cord into strips, as you can see in the third picture, and then dipping them in wax.  Next, I invested the strips of crocheted nylon string into investment (which is very similar to plaster of Paris).  After the investment dries, you put it into a kiln for 3 hours at 1350 degrees Fahrenheit.  When the time is up, I melted my sterling silver, and then cast the metal into the investment where the nylon string had burnt out.  When that is done, I dissolved the investment in water, and sawed the metal into usable pieces to assemble into the rings.  When I was done assembling the rings, I placed them in Liver of sulfur to turn them black.  The finishing step was to buff away the liver of sulfur on the raised areas so that you could clearly see the definition of the crocheted stitches.  If you have any questions let me know!
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2006 11:04:19 AM »

omg those are beautiful!
too bad i dont have a kiln =[
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2006 11:50:47 AM »

Incredibly amazing! They make you look like a GENIUS!
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2006 11:53:48 AM »

very well done  Shocked
you could definitely go into business with these!

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2006 11:54:11 AM »

Those are amazing, I bet you could make a small fortume selling those.

« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2006 11:54:52 AM »

mmmm I love investment casting!! I wish I'd thought of nylon when we did our investment casting labs last semester.
great job!  The rings look great!

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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2006 07:48:03 PM »

mmmm I love investment casting!! I wish I'd thought of nylon when we did our investment casting labs last semester.

I tried crocheting with everything that I could think of, but everything else besides the nylon would always have little wisps of stray threads, or it would lose its texture when I dipped it in the wax.

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2006 07:51:44 PM »

Absolutely exquisite!

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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2006 07:56:48 PM »

wowie zowie - those are incredible!!


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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2006 08:16:51 PM »

omg! those are amazing!!!!

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