Bob Ebendorf at West Dean

I’m just back from a week learning about clever ways of making jewellery without soldering. Professor Ebendorf led the workshop and was generous with sharing his skills and knowledge of jewellery making and working with found objects. Cold connections are particularly useful when working with found objects (as well as enamel pieces)

coldfixingleafskyThis piece uses broken glass from the beach, but treats it as something precious. It also has a piece of mixed metal that I made at Alchimia and formed into a tube; and nettle yarn which has an Iron Age feel to it.

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It was quite a challenge to get the piece balanced as the bronze artefact is heavy, so I pinned some lead into the tubing.

 

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Mixed metal casting

I’ve got myself an electric melting furnace.

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Part of the set up to do mixed metal casting:-

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It will keep my charcoal furnace company (made at SSW https://www.facebook.com/ScottishSculptureWorkshop)

Pittenweem Arts Festival Day 3

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I said goodbye to this wee mixed metal bowl today.

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Also to one of these bronze bowls (the one with iron flakes and possible sapphires)

Both pieces are off to Edinburgh.

Also farewell to the bronze tumbler with copper mesh and silver

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off to a new home with artist Georgie Young (venue 33 – best garden in Pittenweem)

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Also the bronze bowl with the sapphires is off to the same new home.

Met lots more interesting people, some of whom want to kept informed of new work. So another good day.

Fay McGlashan dropped in, I hope to get to North Fife Open Studios and see her work, maybe do a swap for one of my pieces.

Casting on the beach – bell metal

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More photos of the day we cast on the beach.

These show the reincarnation of a cracked bell (bell metal) into a wee vessel.

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We tried to mix metal pour the bronze with copper, but the copper was too difficult to keep at temperature and blocked the mixed pour.

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So only the smaller cast was successful. The bell metal became particularly colourful as it got very hot waiting for the copper to be ready.

 

Can mixed metal casting work?

All through this year I have been playing with mixing metal to get colour. I started with mokume and the pattern welded steel, but I wanted to try mixed metal casting. The textbooks largely say it can’t be done as the surface of one oxidises before the next metal is added, or the metals mix to form alloys.

I found both these things happened, but I like the results.

mixedmetal1enosiThe first piece is silver and copper and has an attractive alloy between the two. It was a simultaneous pour that Nuno helped with

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This is it heated to deplete the copper from the silver, It shows the boundary between the materials.

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This is the electric furnace used to heat the copper.

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This is the beach-sand mould after the copper has been poured.

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This piece I poured pewter first and then poured bronze down in the foundry. It has an incomplete join and some ‘burnt’ spots.. It was a sequential pour and the pewter was cold. It is in a beach-sand mould from a £D printed form.

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This piece is copper and pewter, patinated with Cupra, another sequential pour with Nuno’s assistance. Again in beach-sand from a 3D form.

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This piece is also pewter and copper, sequentially poured. In beach-sand with a wooden lathed form. Sequential pouring necessitates accurate estimates of the metal required for the cast.

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Group pics!

 

Experiments with casting pewter

 

At the start of the year I posted pics of some small wooden bowls that I intended to cast. smallbowls

I have just cast them in pewter, some using delft clay and some my beach-sand and clay mix.

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I have applied Cupra as a patina. I like the one with 2 legs as it seems to be walking.

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The one with 3 is more static like a cauldron.

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This is a copper and pewter mixed metal casting. It stands in a pool of copper.