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Material Needs


It’s a great relief to have the project folders completed. It remains to be seen if any of the designs will expose production problems. Screenshots of the models are larger than life and some of the finer details may be too intricate to work with in true scale as we go into our production testing phase. As an example, the two inch diameter Quetzalcoatl pendant, as seen below, will require the casting of one hundred different pieces, of which ninety-nine will be soldered into an exact position. I have planned alternative methods to the design and production which will eliminate much of that approach, but that method may also present its own problems. This is why we are doing the production testing, to find the best methods to incorporate both design and production methods to eliminate difficulties in casting and finally, time management.


Final material quantities of silver, brass, copper and gold are actually very close to the original “off the top of my head” estimates and don’t present any problems for ordering and stocking. So I’m satisfied with the final equipment, supplies and purchasing needs. If any of the models present any problems in production I can always recast the metals for other backup designs I have prepared for replacement, should that need arise.

I have also applied some time to research “green” alternative measures in production, such as the use of biodegradable materials. The initial casting wax and investment casting “plaster” in particular are available as biodegradable materials, as are some other chemical agents required for post production finishing of pieces. I haven’t completed my studies of all of the materials available, but I’ll make use of them wherever I can even if at the cost of premium prices to acquire them. Save the planet!

Quote of the week:

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe”.
~ Abraham Lincoln

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