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December 11, 2018, 06:49:24 pm
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Cowboy
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2014, 12:31:11 am »

It's seems I'm not alone in thinking that it would be simpler to cast this ring in Sterling, instead of Nickle Silver. I didn't step up and volunteer precisely because the hassle of dealing with Nickle Silver far outweighs it's lower price. There's a reason that Sterling and 14-18K gold became standards in the jewelry trade: they are easy to work with when casting or fabricating, and durable afterward. Some of the lower-priced alloys result in wasting loads of a jeweler's time, and Nickle silver is one. Nickle silver makes higher profits ONLY if we pretend the jeweler's time is worth nothing.
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2014, 08:38:38 am »

I'm not picky. I don't care what the ring is made out of as long as it ends up silver colored. I was thinking of coin silver because I've heard mention quite often that people melt down old (mostly) silver coins for jewelery. I assumed you guys knew more about that than I did and would be able to figure it out.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2014, 10:01:28 am »

What Cowboy said is true. Casting anything with a nickel alloy is problematic. Not worth the effort.  I have been looking for a white metal that will cast at about 1500 degrees. So far, no luck. Anyone have any suggestions?
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2014, 12:50:22 pm »

What about that coin silver I mentioned? Isn't that nickel free? "925" would be 92.5% silver and the rest copper. Right? Just melt down a few old (not clad) silver dollars.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2014, 01:14:54 pm »

What Cowboy said is true. Casting anything with a nickel alloy is problematic. Not worth the effort.  I have been looking for a white metal that will cast at about 1500 degrees. So far, no luck. Anyone have any suggestions?

I have been thinking about using aluminum, anyone have experience with it?

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2014, 01:17:57 pm »

Thunderbird and Indian Jewelry Supplies have cast ring blanks..........just add the stone, do some finish work and polish..........

http://www.thunderbirdsupply.com/product.aspx?cat=XA

https://eclient.ijsinc.com/eshop/default.aspx?ControlName=SubCategories&category_id=F4EBBEFD-CFF8-42A8-9DFA-3840101B7F4A
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