Craft: jewellery making part 6

I may have found my new favourite way to cast silver. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. The method is called cuttlefish casting. I’m quite happy to have a little brag and say I’m very happy with my first attempt.

Here’s the starting point. Bought from a pet shop. Intended for little birds (I think). Not a place you’d traditionally think jewellery comes from.

I missed getting photos of the next steps, but in a nutshell: chop in half, grind to get smooth surfaces, carve a shape, melt silver, pour. Nice and simple. Slightly smelly.

How cool does the burn out look? I somehow managed to melt just enough silver to fill the space, very lucky.

I’m not too sure what it’s supposed to be. Maybe a weird little cartoon moon? Hopefully all the different textures will really stand out once it’s been polished up. Pretty happy with the results. Especially for a first attempt. My favourite thing about this method is the fact the cuttlefish can be prepared away from class. There’s a high chance of me becoming the most hated person at college next week by creating a batch and drinking out the class. So many fish to buy and shapes to create.

Stay tuned!

Much love!