Workshop in Munich

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I did a wonderful workshop at Peter Bauhuis’s workshop. A different casting technique (lost wax), an opportunity to work with different alloys and forms and a generous and expert teacher. This finger ring is in 800 silver and emerges from casting with this great surface patina and texture.

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These little bowls are shibuishi, copper and argentium; in a style influenced by Peter’s work. This is the first time that I have cast argentium. I also now know the secret of successful copper casting.

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This photo is of Peter sprueing up some wax pieces, below is his bench peg.

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This copper ring, made from a twist of wax wire dipped, came out of the casting process with this lovely patina and texture. It already has a new owner.

 

 

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silver ring

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I constructed this ring from wax, the shank is inspired by tree roots, the more art nouveau flowing bit was created in the flask during casting as the silver found a weakness in the investment. It was a vacuum flask. I’m not sure about the patina, I may try a different one when I get back to the UK.

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We also tried wax modeling for lost wax casting.

The was was warmed then extruded through a large ‘garlic press’.

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The wax string was then wound round clay formed models.

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We made elephants.

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Again the designs were made to order for craft outlets.

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The wax thread models were then coated in another layer of clay and were then ready for casting.

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