Pewter flow bowls

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I’ve been making some small pewter flow bowls, again a request from an ENOS visitor and getting ready for Pittenweem Arts Festival (venue 53; 4th-13th August)

They are cast in sand moulds, include a piece of seaweed and are poured in stages  (I’m not sure how to describe that) so that you can see how the metal flows.

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Goldsmith’s Library research

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I continued the research for my next collection at The Goldsmith’s Company library. What a fabulous collection and what helpful people. I love the pinned pearls in medieval jewellery and may incorporate this.

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This pewter badge would be sewn to clothing, having been mass produced as a casting.

I love the primitive art work….

Casting in Portugal

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I can’t believe that I’ve been back from running the casting workshop in Portugal for over a week. This was where we did our casting (except on the evening when we had pizza). The pizza wood ash came in handy as parting powder for our sand moulds; the location was splendid and we had a great time (though I say it myself)aquaworkshop

A selection of tools on the table tennis table.

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A wire bound mould ready to pour.

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We used natural finds including these bits of pine cone, cast in both cuttlefish and oilsand.

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and these lobster claws worked well in oilsand casting.

I hope to run this workshop again next year, so do let me know if you are interested.

Workshop preparation continues

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I have wire wrapped the small dogs to make earrings and a necklace charm.

Some castings – like shells – will work better with small holes to attach them to wires/chains, so we will drill those.

I haven’t cleaned these castings as I want to be able to demonstrate the effect of different casting media.

Casting Workshop – Portugal

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I was checking through my casting techniques today, to make sure that I pack what I need for Portugal. This is the cuttlefish casting, which I poured outside as the burning fish bone smells.

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This is the casting inside the cuttlefish. The cuttlefish texture can look really good (this is not a good example though)

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This is the same dog cast in oil sand, still with sprues and funnel. The oil-sand holds the detail and doesn’t flash the way the cuttlefish tends to. On the right is the wee bone original.

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And these are the three dogs – cuttlefish, oil-sand and beach-sand castings.

The beach-sand has a great texture which is why I use it for my work

Fisher Gallery, Pittenweem

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My cast iron pieces have taken up a space at the lovely Fisher Galleries in Pittenweem. The Gallery is open every day (except Tuesday) and there is some lovely work here and at the other galleries in Pittenweem. A grand detour from the Fife coastal path, or a destination in its own right.