However, I decided to give it another chance (somewhere else) with some snowflake earrings I designed for Christmas.
I made the 'master' at the top by soldering silver granules together, which took quite a while.
It got made into a mould, from which I had multiples cast. There was a lot of work cleaning up and polishing the castings (in the middle) but not as much as making each one from scratch :-)
The resulting earrings are at the bottom, set with small moonstones.
I'm not afraid of casting anymore, and can see the possibilities!