Iron Pour prep

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This is a teaser photo of preparations for the iron pour that Steve and I ran at the weekend. It is the inside of a sand mould for an iron beaker vessel. I have put a piece of copper alloy from my beach combing into the mould to see what happens.

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I now know what happened, but you will have to wait….

The pour was a great success thanks to George Beasley, Steve, Eden and the rest of the team at SSW. Thanks also to Charles Clark for the mould boxes.

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Copper smelt 3

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The second ‘hole in the ground’ smelt produced copper in pellets, it was probably just a smidge too cool, but pellets will be super handy for casting.

We did a third smelt, but I don’t have photos as yet. It produced more consolidated copper at about the same ratio of ore to metal.

New bowl design

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cast bowl with seawater patina

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cast bronze with sea water patina

I’ve been trying out this bronze bowl around the house to see how it looks.

It’s a new design -slightly lighter and more open than the first bowl in this series.

It is made from recycled bronze with shell impressions, using a ceramic form that I created.

 

another sunny day

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I caught the last of the afternoon sun to take photos of some of my bowls which are heading to the Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem which re-opens April 1st http://www.fishergallery.co.uk. These are bronze, silver and brass pieces.

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I’ll also show some of  my small Damascus steel spoons.