The second type of smithing I use is casting. Casting is the process of heating the silver up to the melting point and then pouring the liquid silver into a mold. Generally, a 3D model of a piece of jewelry is created on the computer. Using a 3D printer, a plastic model can be made. This plastic model is then used to create a negative mold which is then used to pour the hot silver in and cast the same shape in silver. Once cooled down, the piece still requires a lot of sanding and polishing, as well as removing unwanted pieces of silver that were left behind during casting. Once the silver piece is polished and ready, it can be outfitted with crystals and precious stones, if needed. This process takes some time, but it allows to make unique jewelry that fits your body perfectly. It also involves you in the creative process by providing your input during 3D modelling and 3D printing.