With the economy slowing, people are getting more resourceful and we're getting more requests to cast scrap platinum. Retail customers are even going into jewelry stores requesting (and even insisting) that their custom jewelry be made with their own metal.
Before we go into the pros and cons as to whether this is a good idea or not, let's address the most important factor:
Is there enough metal to cast?
In our platinum casting process, we've found that there's a "threshold" for the minimum amount of metal needed to cast: not less than one ounce (31.1g). Casting successfully requires that there be enough energy in the casting system to keep the metal from freezing before the mold is filled, and since platinum freezes extreemly fast, messing around isn't worth it (inotherwords, you're welcome to hire us to prove what's already been proved if you like to gamble and lose!). If you have the minumum amount of scrap platinum for casting, then keep reading...
One of the biggest challenges platinum casters face is whether a not a model will cast. We frequently receive models that are not castible. Why gamble with profits! The worst case scenario is to pay someone else to grow the model (growing typically leads to more problems in castings, but more on that later), then pay to have the model shipped (meanwhile the clock is ticking toward the due date), then have us call you and either tell you "It won't cast," or, "It's on the bleeding edge." Now, you're out about $150 and some time. The last thing we want to do is add to the pain, but we're guilty by association... Not the type of business we like doing; business should be fun and mutally beneficial with both partys feeling good in the end.
So we've built our built our business to address this problem in regards to outsourcing platinum casting. In essence, we exist to bring designs to life - to help you make them work, and work well. It's really what engineers do, and I don't mind saying that our experience has led us to become an "engineering service" of sorts. We have we've built a state of the art CAD/CAM shop, winning awards for technical merit and rendering, established rock-solid processes and systems to achieve great results. The point is that we know how to make platinum cast - and we want you to have a great experience behind the bench - no endless burnishing and screwing around with porisity from hell! Please view our tips for better results article for more info.
Are your models designed to cast in platinum?