Water Casting

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Typically used for jewelry making, water casting is a process where molten metal (mostly silver, bronze, or pewter ) is dropped into water. The metal then takes form as it sinks to the bottom and cools into a organic shape. Different temperatures of water, depths, and additives will affect the form the metal takes, as will the temperature of the metal itself and the height from which it is dropped. I found this to be a really interesting casting process because it takes the form away from the process and allows the metal to shape itself naturally. The concept of somehow doing this with a more fluid material – like concrete – that takes more time to set is intriguing.

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