This weeks blog includes a picture of the first three completed test castings that have had a reasonable outcome. Although they are still not up to my expectations, they are indicative of the general output of test subjects. Keep in mind that these are three individual castings. Most castings are done in multiples of the same design, with the understanding that a percentage of them will not achieve perfection. In this way one or two will have a strong chance of being superior enough to continue with post processing.
The picture itself doesn’t completely capture the detail and shine of the pure silver, although it’s the best I can do at the moment with a small pocket camera. I submit the photo only to show the progress I’ve made so far with the first test castings. The next castings will incorporate two to three different materials. Silver, gold, brass or copper. This requires post-production soldering in fine detail, to combine the pieces into one design. I think the Aztec Xochipilli ring and the Steamray will be subject to those efforts and may be included in pictures on next week’s blog. Once these individual, and assembly, castings are completed, the real work of sale-able production can commence in earnest.
January brings some much needed help with temporary addition of two technicians/ artists, that should help resolve some of the backlog and bottleneck of our other business needs. They will help with their time in the application of art design and technique and also some office organization and information consolidation. I hope to have one or both of them for six months, which should help tremendously in strengthening other aspects of our business sectors.
Quote of the week:
“My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.”