Casting on the beach

Using Holger Lonze’s practical research into Bronze Age techniques I made a lost beeswax clay dip mould which I cast in recycled bronze on the beach at Cellardyke..beachbellowslone_enos

This is me working the bellows. I shared this task with Roddy Mathieson and Gordon Lochead.

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This is one of the charcoal fueled furnaces

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Me pouring the mould.

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breaking the mould to get the cast out.

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Cleaning up the cast bronze vessel.

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The piece ready to have the runners and risers removed.

The final piece is part of my degree show – so may be seen on May 22 in Dundee

Why bronze is used to make bells and pewter isn’t

Close followers will recall the 6 part silicon mould. This was used to pour low-melting-temperature, white metal (pewter), otherwise the mould would have melted.

The sea-washed brick piece is like a sea-shell, because you hear the sea when you hold it to your ear. brickbronzepewteri_enospewter piece (right) bronze piece (left)

Sadly pewter does not resonate like bronze (hence no pewter bells) and the piece did not work. So I used it to make a sand mould for another bronze pour.bricksandbox

sand box being readied for casting

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The secret of the sound revealed.

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brick, bronze and wax

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This bronze piece does hold the sound of the sea. It just needs the closing to be finished. You may come and listen to it at my degree show May 22nd in Dundee.