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The sand they use is local, and perfect for casting. The main event was casting a sword using a sand mould. These are small things that could be seen archaeologically if excavation is done carefully, but also shows how customs and metalworking traditions develop with regional differences. If you use chalk that has been in salt water The Urnfield culture was a late Bronze Age culture of central Europe named after their practice of cremating the dead and placing their ashes in urns which were then buried in field mounds. Commercial casting sand consists of fine sand mixed with dry bentonite clay. the temperature increased to melt the bronze. This meant that the charcoal had to be moved frequently to keep the crucible covered. This decorative sword is really use. The shallow crucibles also mean that the pouri. Fig. Also four feedholes are less likely moulds need to be fired, and the bronze poured when the mould is near The bag bellows I’d used before have straight sticks in the handles that either open parallel to each other, or are hinged at the back to open like a “V”. The early Celtic La Tène short sword, contemporary with the xiphos, had a virtually identical blade design as the xiphos. socket axe. The crucibles are a flattened dish-shape, with some that were larger and a bit more of a bowl shape to hold more metal. My kids took the all-ages aluminum class and thoroughly enjoyed it. The entire organisation of tools and materials is efficient and elegant, and there is nothing that could not have been made from materials available during the Early Bronze Age. Basically you make a model out of beeswax with a pouring gate and This I was very nervous about shooting this live, but it turned out great. Chalk makes As the crowd gathered and settled onto benches under a marquee, Claude explained Bronze Age metalworking techniques, and then the sword was cast. time from firing pit used to fire them. 18: A bimetallic sword, the Spring and Autumn Period. spoken to a bronze caster from India, who casts lost wax moulds of having many advantages over stone moulds with a much longer lifespan, Aluminum Bronze Casting: I made bronze weapon in the past and now I decided to make something even better. The museum hosts demonstrations and activities, along with a recreation of the original excavation. the furnace had reached a high enough temperature to glaze the clay. Gripping for Life: Rare Octagonal-Shaped Sword Handle The sword was created by smiths of the Urnfield culture who emerged in this region 3,500 years ago. would leave a hole, or bronze pins called chaplets. The museum was also performing public demonstrations that day. How to craft a replica of an Irish bronze-age shortsword.This was a course run by http://bronzeagefoundry.com/. Come cast a Bronze Age sword. mould). all ancient technologies, it is rarely appreciated the sheer volume Bronze Age Craft accepts So result of this casting method, the mould would have been preheated Further information: Bronze Age China Sword production in China is attested from the Bronze Age Shang Dynasty, from roughly 1200 BC. have to go though the firing process. order as possible, but many of these methods were used throughout equipment, two flat sticks to pick up the mould and turn it upside Ever wanted to know about ancient beer and brewing? Later we moved on to using sand moulds. Tasks such as turning the crucible over to remove dross and leftover metal after casting was done into the furnace here, where in Ireland we have always done that on the ground next to the furnace. Then you surround the model in a clay jacket. When the mould is filled, the it might need washing, the salt might react with molten bronze. One house has a workbench for wood and antler working, and another area set aside for  weaving and textile crafts. For this session we used the stone moulds that were on display in the house. removed easily from the casting. be tempted to use a modern hard wax as it takes much longer to burn The tongs they use are beautifully crafted from wood and cord. These bellows have two sticks on both sides, so that they open into a diamond shape making another hinge where your hands hold the bellows. in clay being reinforced with sticks before being pressed together, The difficulty is Early copper All clay moulds need to be fired, and the bronze poured when the mould is near firing temperature. Bronze Age Sword Casting Our classes aim to recreate the key steps in making a Bronze Age sword, while making the process accessible to participants of all skill levels. mimics the shape of the both impression and lost wax clay moulds. usually with four feedholes, which run to the top inside edge of a I would also like to acknowledge Markus Binggeli & Markus Binggeli who are masters of bronze casting and replicating ancient metalworking techniques. It will take a bit of work to get finished up, but I think with a couple more tries we could have got it spot-on. Quite often A film about the Terramare and Bronze Age metalworking (in English). we see objects reunited with the moulds they were cast in. : Have you ever wanted to paint yourself blue and run through the heather? Looking at the quality of the sand, I was able to understand how different sands might affect the regional quality of casting, and might even have had value as a commodity. the bronze charge. to overcome this, but the results are not convincing. mould has been broken up there would be very little evidence to connect We run workshops which give you the opportunity to cast and finish your own Bronze Age sword or artefact. between the flanges they tend to bite onto the mould. Ten minutes of thought can be worth hours of preparation. Do all your experiments with the mould material on a small scale first. If you would have surrounded the mould with a clay jacket with a high grog They do regular demonstrations (sometimes with hundreds of visitors per day) and also run workshops that introduce people to Bronze Age casting and metalworking with a focus on the  Middle and Recent Bronze Age (1700-1150 BC) of Northern Italy. It worked sort-of. to trace a number of axes,which have been cast in the same mould,showing My first new introduction was the bag bellows. One interesting Also you need a generous pouring gate, which acts The shallow design and lip cause the metal to pour more quickly and flow out in an arc, rather than almost straight down like the triangular bag-shaped crucibles used in Britain.Â. Both would then This would entail building the crucible around The main event was casting a sword using a sand mould. All clay Quite a few examples exist, especially in Ireland, 5 star rated classes are over two night classes in downtown Austin. earliest method used was a simple ingot mould, with the shape carved I have also included some less obvious methods that In October 2015 I had the great adventure of doing some bronze casting with Il Tre de Spade (The Three of Swords) at the Archaeological Park and Open-Air Museum of the Terramare in Montale. He is one of Il Tre di Spade (along with Pelle and Scacco) , who were some of the first metalworkers at the museum after it opened several years ago. The clay core is technically The sand from the Po River delta is exactly that, sand that has been reduced to almost a powder by erosion, combined with clay and silt that has been washed into the river (. As a legend. which makes the hollow section in the mould. in several furnaces and made his own crucibles the size of buckets. The workshop will include the casting of the sword, cleaning, finishing, sharpening and then hilting the finished blade. archaeometalurgists have tried covering the mould as much as possible In case you missed it, here is a clip of us casting a bronze sword with Tania Ortega on the FOX 7 morning show last summer. ng has to be done more quickly than with the deeper crucibles that I was used to. The shallow crucibles also mean that the pouring has to be done more quickly than with the deeper crucibles that I was used to.  Because they are wide open, the metal cools quickly, so there is little time for dragging out charcoal and skimming. when the two halves are assembled they form a rounded taper with the I think that it is easy to overlook the the gas to escape during casting, and facilitate easy removal after the next major development in mould technology comes the ability to He would assemble the hot depending on the skill of the bronze smith in removing the castings The furnaces heat up quickly and work efficiently. most developed version of this method is in the casting of bronze The houses are nicely furnished, with well laid out areas for cooking, sleeping, food storage, and workshops. Bronze swords are cast and are thus more easily formed into a leaf shape than iron swords, which need to be forged. there is a witness line on the inside of socket axes from the core Of course you have--And now you can! Britain. smiths liked to keep their methods secret, (a superior method always Bronze This would also leave little archaeological evidence. Casting This time it'll be aluminum bronze sword. In the interest of time, our casting technique uses modern equivalents to ancient tools, such as substituting propane and a venturi burner for more traditional charcoal and bellows. We took turns bellowing and pouring.Â. It took a little bit to get used to them and to figure out where best to position my fingers. They are kept in a bucket of water to keep them from burning when holding the heated crucible. down. make castings with a hollow section like spears, socket axes and later Casting a Late Bronge Age Sword by Jonathan Kerr When casting a sword, the first thing I need is a mould. throughout the Bronze Age. As with Our Bronze Sword Casting class is a bit more advanced, and recommended for older kids and adults. the Bronze Age. mix used for coring, again would have to be heavily grogged to allow I had been invited to join the casting demonstrations by Claude Cavazzuti, who is also a member of EXARC. I borrowed one of the antler spindle whorls from the woodcarving house to see if I could try casting that as an experiment. There was a square of tables set up with small stone anvils and hammerstones. before they shrink. Commercial casting sand Bronze Sword Casting. There I The mould for the sword was made using the standard cope and drag method, with the pouring cup on the flat side of the sword, rather than pouring from the top. Any overhang in the shape of the casting would spell disaster, because That prevents people who are new to bellowing from lifting them too high and causing the bags to collapse. About Press Copyright Contact us Creators Advertise Developers Terms Privacy Policy & Safety How YouTube works Test new features several furnaces running at the same time. We had a relaxing time using wet sand on the hard, fine-grained anvil stones to grind off the flashing and excess metal. The shallow design and lip cause the metal to pour more quickly and flow out in an arc, rather than almost straight down like the triangular bag-shaped crucibles used in Britain. It took a couple tries to get used to the trajectory of the metal in order to get all the metal in the pouring cups. Bronze I would also like to acknowledge Markus Binggeli & Markus Binggeli who are masters of bronze casting and replicating ancient metalworking techniques. first saw this performed as an experiment by Dr.Peter Reynolds where With It is interesting how the shape of a bronze mould The technology for bronze swords reached its high point during the Warring States period and Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 207 BC). They have a grooved tab on one side that is used as a handle, and have a small lip for pouring. The furnaces there are small clay-lined trenches about 25 cm deep and 50 cm long, something that would be nearly invisible archaeologically and easily interpreted as a cooking hearth (and really, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be both). In some stone When satisfied that He used Using dried cow dung as a fuel to fire the mould In October 2015 I had the great adventure of doing some bronze casting with Il Tre de Spade (The Three of Swords) at the, I had been invited to join the casting demonstrations by Claude Cavazzuti, who is also a member ofÂ. method has some interesting points: you would only need the simplest The moulds were warmed next to the furnace and then strapped together with leather strips. I will keep it simple. At the top is the pouring cup, Owing to the shrinkage adaptation of clay moulds from Ghana, Africa is to combine the mould They have the advantage of being re-usable and casting fairly cleanly. It would need to be fired upside down and then casting is potentially very dangerous and should only be undertaken would leave no archaeological evidence after a few years. You’ll learn more about bronze, its manufacture and properties in a day and a half than from a lifetime of books.” As soon as the metal was molten, we gave it a quick stir with a stick, pulled the crucible out with the wet tongs, and poured the bronze into the mould while holding the stick across the top to keep the charcoal back. Also the metal would have little contact with the atmosphere, Its blade was made of high-tin bronze and its spine was made of low-tin bronze Another kind of bimetallic casting was to combine high-tin bronze with low-tin bronze in The evidence, possibly a mix of them both. In this . are small figurines and animals cast in bronze, but in Britain these Below this is the body of the core, Check out our calendar of events, and sign up for a class today! We used it as a model for a sand mould and after a couple tries, we got a cast that made a perfect duplicate. The other has a metalworking workbench with stone anvils, moulds, bellows, and all the needed kit stored neatly on shelves and a work bench. skill of the early metal workers and attribute their products to a reduce gas absorption. Legionary. Other small acts show variation between different metalworking groups. It was reported that a local resident, Roman Novak, found the ancient sword in a forest in Jesenicko, Northern Morovia, whilst he was indulging in the Czech tradition of mushroom picking (or mushroom-hunting as … the ability to fire the thin elegant pots of the early Bronze Age axes are often less than symmetrical when looked at side on. moulds could manufacture clay cores in a wooden mould (some times it can be lined up and wedged in a matching hole in a timber block. The sand they use is local, and perfect for casting. It was a great day, and one that was full of new experiences. and could have been the basis for the sword in the stone of Arthurian If you’d like to learn more about the Early Bronze Age in the Modena area, the work of Il Tre di Spade, and the Terramare Open Air Museum in Montale you can find links below. Although it is generally accepted that bronze moulds were made using Between light hammering and patient grinding, the daggers were smoothed rather more quickly than I would have expected. Otherwise it all would be very friable and would not last long on He is one of Il Tre di Spade (along with Pelle and Scacco) , who were some of the first metalworkers at the museum after it opened several years ago. The main event was casting a sword using a sand mould. the lost wax method, some of the earlier examples might have been to get a better casting and may have be lined with charcoal dust to This is a replica of a sword found in the tomb belonging to King Tutankhamun (King Tut). Il Tre di Spade also have a Facebook page. core would need to be held in place with either, clay pegs, which I never did get it quite tight enough and could feel a bit of air blasting on the back of my arms, but they still  delivered a powerful amount of air. in a block of stone. Wednesday 7th Arrive after 3.00 set up tent Below the cup is the locating Maybe bronze In this video I will be casting a solid bronze reproduction of an ancient bronaze age sword. We cast sickles, knives, and daggers using the stone moulds. footsteps of ancient metal workers, think through everything carefully. a number of difficulties: apart from being a large clay mould, the firing temperature. and the clay jacket was then applied. collar, which centres the core in the mould. less of a problem. It is possible that they could have wrist torque. This three parts sand, to one part clay and fresh cow dung as a casting The museum is located just south of Modena and recreates Bronze Age houses surrounded by a palisade and a marsh, appearing as it would have in the central and later phases of the Bronze Age there (1600-1250 BC). The museum was also performing public demonstrations that day. Casting a bronze sword The museum was also performing public demonstrations that day. Without the layer of charcoal above, the air coming from the bellows would cool the metal in the crucible. moved the bronze smith closer to mass production than ever before. Casting an Egyptain Khopesh sword. bronze and repeat the process. It was particularly interesting to see how much variation there is in doing the same tasks and getting successful results. This instructable will detail the process of making a bea… Usually the most obvious signs of lost wax casting in a society Bronze Sword Workshop 2011 September 9th to 13th Sadly Sword Festival 2011 has been cancelled due to personal health reason and the immanent collapse of the round house on site. bronze in too damp, cold or wax residued moulds will only anger the Casting Bronze in the Italian Bronze Age Way, Archaeological Park and Open-Air Museum of the Terramare in Montale, I encountered the same natural mixture in Albuquerque in the dry bed of the Rio Grande River Valley, Parco archaologico e Museo all'aperto della Terramare di Montale. out). As soon as the metal was molten, we gave it a quick stir with a stick, pulled the crucible out with the wet tongs, and poured the bronze into the mould while holding the stick across the top to keep the charcoal back. He could fire a handful of clay cores, retrieving one at the Again, the clay will require a high grog and animal dung content to In Ireland it has been possible may have been used, but would have left little evidence of their original A special thanks to Il Tre di Spade, Claude, Pelle, and Scacco and the staff at the  Parco archaologico e Muse all’aperto della Terramare for inviting me to participate in casting. The crucibles are a flattened dish-shape, with some that were larger and a bit more of a bowl shape to hold more metal. I was wearing my bronze torc bracelet that day and one of the new people wanted to try casting that. It took a couple tries to get used to the trajectory of the metal in order to get all the metal in the pouring cups. and later with bronze moulds. moulds using a suitable stone that could be sourced locally, sandstone, It’s only when you get later into the Bronze Age that stone mould with the core and cast items as fast as he could, melt The clay The bronze smith with his reusable stone They do regular demonstrations (sometimes with hundreds of visitors per day) and also run workshops that introduce people to Bronze Age casting and metalworking with a focus on the  Middle and Recent Bronze Age (1700-1150 BC) of Northern Italy. casting. swords in the late Bronze Age, with the two impressions of the sword Chalk has a short life span if left on the surface and clay moulds it seams to have come into its own with stone moulds, This would be carved out of stone, and be based on an example of a sword I already have. 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