Custom Casting Guidelines: Yellow Bronze
General Guidelines for Custom Casting in Yellow Bronze – July 2017
Yellow bronze looks like gold at a fraction of the cost! Yellow bronze is a copper-based alloy containing 95% copper, 4% silicon and 1% manganese yielding an extremely durable product.
Casting Begins with a Master
SFJS uses the lost wax casting method to reproduce your artwork. You can provide us with an original model (handmade master), a wax, or your own mold for the piece you’d like reproduced. Molds you furnish will require our caster’s prior approval before we can use it. Original models can be made from any material as long as you disclose what the material is. If you prefer to submit black and white artwork/images, we can create your master for you using a 3-D printer.
Many customers supply us with an original model. From that master a mold will be made to replicate your piece. The mold process will reproduce every nuance of detail on your original so you want to take care to remove any imperfections. There is an average 5% shrinkage rate between your master and the reproduction using a mold. A master measuring under 1” in diameter should require the smallest mold and will incur a one-time $35 mold fee per design. Up to 50 pieces can be made at one time with one mold. Should you have larger production needs, additional molds will be required. A “gang” mold can be made where many originals in one mold can produce larger quantities at once. The cost of your gang mold is determined by the size of your master and the number of replicas in the gang mold. Larger pieces, like bracelets, will require larger, more expensive molds. A flat bracelet for example may run $50-$60 while an even deeper bracelet $75.
Larger pieces like bracelets incur a flask charge of $150. Since these pieces are so much larger, usually only up to 4 can be put in one flask and take up kiln space that many smaller pieces could be cast in.
Once the mold is made, you are only paying for the metal. Prices on yellow bronze are based on the gram weight of the master and the quantity ordered. There is a 1 gram per piece minimum charge. You can achieve quantity discounts for one individual casting or by aggregating jobs of multiple pieces. Your price savings schedule is as follows:
+1000 grams $.80/gram
+500 grams $.95/gram
+100 grams $1.10/gram (There is a 100 gram minimum per order)
All orders are tumble-bright finished and ready to wear!
We pride ourselves on confidentiality. Every effort is made to keep your unique designs protected.
٭ Bronze tarnishes. We recommend a high quality, clear lacquer coat to be applied which will maintain the bright, gold finish for a long period of time. You can either apply it yourself using our Permalac product or we can apply a clear coat at a cost of $.15/piece.
٭ Your original model should be no less than 1mm and preferably 2mm thick to ensure the effectiveness of reproducing it in a mold.
٭ For smaller pieces (under 1” diameter) there is a minimum order of 10 pieces per design.
٭ Allow 4-5 weeks to produce your initial order when a mold is being made. For reorders allow at least 3 weeks.
٭ Molds are stored at our casting facility for future orders until you request that the mold be returned to you.
٭ A 3-8 piece production volume variance is typical of smaller pieces (either under or over the order quantity). Overages in excess of this amount will be brought to your attention for approval otherwise you will be billed and receive overages in the acceptable range.
٭ All pieces are made to order. We do not hold stock of your pieces.
٭ Findings such as ear posts, pin backs, jump rings or hat (scatter) pins can be added for a nominal fee. Adding findings will increase the delivery time by 10-14 days.
٭ Initial orders must be prepaid. After the first order and with approved credit references, your orders may be paid at the time they ship.
Please contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your personal casting needs.
We look forward to partnering with you on your new casting venture!