Professional Lost Wax Casting Services


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Casting & Moulding Services


Our main work is in precious metals, gold alloys and sterling silver.
We also have significant experience with other metals from pewter to platinum as well as industrial standard metals such as brass and bronze. All our metals are responsibly sourced and can come with a full contents certificate by request. All our jewellery metals are free from lead and nickel as standard, our base metal grain can often be so upon request. Our casting production line utilities;

- Vacuum casting (inert N2 or Argon atmosphere)
- Centrifugal spin casting for white metals Induction melting
- Oversize flask casting for sculpture/large objects
- Customer metal flasks (scrap / family gold – all metal sent is returned)

Metals available
- Gold alloys: 9k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 24k
- Sterling silver
- Argentium
- Eco Silver
- Fine silver
- Bronze
- Brass
- Copper
- Platinum

Our moulding services cover many types of moulding technology.
Mould designs are created dependent upon many factors, but always with the intention of maximising quality, optimising price and simplifying finishing. With this approacah you get the most saleable model, with the lowest possible finishing cost at a reasonable price – this combination almost always keeps us and you very competitive with our competitors.

Black Arts can mould from organic pieces to metal components. Waxes and certain rapid prototyping resins are often suggested for moulding before casting to offer an ‘insurance policy’ when casting a master or urgent job.

 Our castings are guaranteed for satisfaction. If you’re not satisfied with a casting, a refund for the casting fee, or a free replacement casting service is always available.

 

Finishing


Finishes available
- De-sprued (ground right down)
- Pin polished (standard service)

Plating finishes available
- Rose Gold
- Yellow Gold – hard gold plating
- Black Rhodium
- White Rhodium
- Black Ruthenium 
- Copper
- Silver – Hard plate
- Silver Scandia 350

 

Prototyping


Black Arts provide a 3D Printing or CNC rapid prototyping service with select partners which allows you to email your own CAD files for RP.
We are also able to complete CAD designs for customers based on sketches/images.

Please feel fee to contact us for advice about which solution would best suit your project.

 

Pricing Information


Our pricing is very simple, you can probably work out your own prices using the formula we use to write invoices there are no hidden fees, no extra costs for adding sprues, or removing sprues.
All work is sent pickled, de-sprued to within 1-0.5mm and magnetic pin polished unless requested otherwise.

Moulds
RTV or silicone rubber £12 for the smallest size up to 200 grams of rubber used, thereafter rubber is charged at cost depending on rubber used – nearly all moulds fall into the the above category.

Castings
Some smaller castings or earring pairs cost less than £3 per item/pair – please ask if this is your scenario
£3 for small castings, rings etc
£4 larger rings, super heavy gents rings/cocktail rings/30mm belt buckles
£6 regular bangles/large belt buckles br>££8 American style belt buckles
£9 21cm twigs

Silver is charged at a standard £0.62 pence per gram subject to market fluctuations
Gold is charged at Cooksons daily rate + £1 per gram before VAT on 9ct and £2 on 18ct.
Platinum is £5 over Cooksons prices before VAT.
Base metals are included in the casting fees unless particularly heavy such as large belt buckles or super heavy rings and those metals average around £0.013 per gram, 1.3p

Shipping is £2.20 signed for on metal/casting fees of less than £25
Special Delivery is used on values over that at a cost of £7.80 All prices include VAT

 

 

About Us


Our Staffordshire based foundry primarily uses lost wax casting with a number of modern twists and a deep understanding of the metals and processes to achieve some of the best results possible in today’s casting world.
Having grown from traditional gold smithing we naturally have a keen eye for quality and detail.
We have developed these processes over many years to enable us to transfer a jewellery quality finish onto whatever object we cast. We also understand the need for sustainability and profitability and we are willing to invest our time and expertise to help our customers succeed.

Our casting is based upon a complete understanding all of the available science and technology that is required to complete a truly excellent cast. We ensure a casting profile that will give you the cleanest and densest castings for your models within your specified tolerance or budget.

Lost wax casting is singly the most complex way in which to cast an object, it’s benefits are the ability to cast extremely complex forms very close to finished net shape with close maintenance of dimensions and surface textures.
Many casters simply operate equipment and ‘hope for the best’ at your expense. Our experience and skills allow us to cast reliably, rapidly and cost effectively.

Every piece of work we conduct is guaranteed 100%
We charge for a quality product that is based on its own merits and not on what we believe a customer could potentially pay. Our transparent pricing means we don’t charge above market value for the metal we use and customers are also welcome to supply their own standard metals should they wish. Although all quotes have to be tailored to the project in hand this is purely logistical and representative of the models being cast. We consider both large runs and one off casting commissions and we are happy to discuss pricing options, this can be done either remotely or in person.

Our foundry operates six days a week and visitors are welcome by prior arrangement.
Black Arts Casting operate on a full non-disclosure basis with every customer. We will never release your moulds and/or finished goods to a third party or use them ourselves in any way including within our own literature without express permission. We will however release a customers moulds back to the customer by request and without any fees. Non-disclosure contracts are encouraged to ensure peace of mind if required.

We complete work for many famous high street brands and manufacturers.


Contact


Address: Black Arts, 1 Crackley bank, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 7AX

Phone: Jon - 07866 494879

Email: jon@blackartscasting.co.uk


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