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Couple of new copper/bronze age castings


Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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This weekend I did the first castings at my home foundry sinds I moved last year. I'd build a furnace a year ago, but hadn't gotten around to using that one yet. But I wanted to make a few products to sell (though fine with keeping them too :) )The results are an early khopesh (Egyptian sickle sword), winged axe (Dutch), duckbill battleaxe (Levant), and an early copper age axe-adze (Bulgaria). For the latter I'd molten 2kg pure copper, which is more then I've done before with this set up.

 

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My furnace in operation. Not easy bellowing and taking photos at the same time :)

 

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I love the Khopesh and happy to see the new place is working out.

 

Question:

Do you find the gap between the tuyer and the furnace is beneficial for airflow? A slight Venturi effect?

 

Ric

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I love the Khopesh and happy to see the new place is working out.

 

Question:

Do you find the gap between the tuyer and the furnace is beneficial for airflow? A slight Venturi effect?

 

Ric

 

Doesn't make a difference in my experience. You get a concentrated blast into the hole, and as long as you're not so far away so it looses it's power.

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Too cool! I just got some bronze ingots that I'll be experimenting around with. I hope my casts are half as good as yours!

 

John

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What is your furnace made out of?

It looks perrty cool, I just use my forge to melt stuff :D But I would like to use something ells if I could :)

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Great looking castings Jeroen. Do you make your own crucibles as well?

 

Zeb

 

Not for this set up. Here I'm just using a graphite crucible, as they last forever and I don't want a crucible with kilograms of molten metal falling apart as I pick it up. But I do make my crucibles for authentic bronze age demos, as well as small crucibles I use for smaller castings.

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What is your furnace made out of?

It looks perrty cool, I just use my forge to melt stuff :D But I would like to use something ells if I could :)

 

The traditional stuff: clay, sand and horsedung :)

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Love that khopesh, can't wait to see it polished up.

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Love that khopesh, can't wait to see it polished up.

 

This khopesh I made by request for someone who will finish it himself. But I've made two before that I've finished: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=20533&hl=khopesh I'd actually really like to have one of these for my own collection, but they are a lot of work to polish :)

 

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