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Love What You Do

The KautzCraft Studio (KC) is now my main retirement vocation. I wonder if that means I am not retired. Well, I feel retired so I will keep the designation. KC doesn’t provide me anywhere near a real income, but it does stop me from robbing banks. Banks, because that is where the money is kept… Ha! I think Willie Sutton is reputed to have said that.

I’d much rather be working with silver than in a chain gang.

I see an endless number of options and creations I can make while working in my studio. I like working with all kinds of materials with silver so far being the only […] Continue reading » Love What You Do

KautzCraft studio

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I have a new start-up business named KautzCraft Studio. I just added permanent links to the left hand column of this blog. We also have a page on Facebook. Visit either site to see my art!

I have been producing very nice cast silver jewelry using the Lost […] Continue reading » KautzCraft studio

Mass Production?

Wax mold example

My wife Gloria sold some of my lost wax silver work today. That’s good! But now I have to get busy and and get some more made. Lost wax casting is not exactly a factory operation around my studio/workshop. Hand carving usually takes several days just on the carving. The CNC mill carving requires about a half day to do the carving if the code is already written and proven.

I do get a little faster carving when I make things several times. That’s just the wax carving part. There are quite a few involved steps before I have a finished […] Continue reading » Mass Production?

Casting Silver

Check out my latest efforts in lost wax casting. Here is a link to a new post in RD’s Workshop.

Silver

I gathered my silver casting work I still have around, and put it together on my work bench lamp base. So here is a group picture. It’s all 100% Sterling and 100% made in the USA (even the raw silver is from the USA)

I am doing the wax work and the casting (lost wax process) and having a load of fun being creative. Silver price has been dropping so the investment in what is shown is not very high. Under $150 the amount shown. The personal value is well more than the raw cost of silver, but it is always worth no less than the […] Continue reading » Silver