Finished carving the waxes for the latest platinum and palladium rings.The 3 on the left will be cast in platinum and then later set with a green sapphire with small diamond side stones in the band and 2 moissanites (princess and trillion) in the solitaire rings. The 3 Wave rings on the right will be cast in Palladium and set with a Morganite and black diamonds in the other 2. There is one more platinum wedding band ordered that will be made out of milled stock and not cast.
For this batch I will try the new HIP treatment my platinum caster Techform offers. Supposedly casting will be a lot denser with that. Of course there is additional cost involved. But it should save time in the clean up process and lead to longer lasting rings. I am looking forward to finishing these in metal when they come back.
Somehow last week was a the week for platinum orders, I am receiving more and more orders in platinum both on Etsy and my web site. Overall the trend seems to go more towards the more noble metal alloys. I don't receive many silver orders anymore.
But I still got a few silver wedding band orders and also as usual quite a few ring orders to be made in silver/palladium alloy. I am still carving those waxes for the next days and will do a in-house casting for those before the end of the week. I also still need to finish a few already cast rings from last week before moving on to the next batch. But all still is within it's promised turnaround times. Everything goes as planned.