Joshua States Posted April 26, 2022 Share Posted April 26, 2022 I went to a hammer-in at Ray Rybar's this past weekend and worked a process with Frank Christensen. It was something I had never seen or done before and I don't know what you would call it. I was really busy working, and the process moves very fast once the initial melt is complete, so the pics are few and far between. I offered to help Frank to learn what he was doing and that turned into Frank talking and me doing. The idea was to show how someone who had no experience with the process could learn it quickly. It starts with a #4 graphite-clay crucible and some black sand. #4 crucible. Frank has had some really nice blue colors coming out of his sand recentlt. You can see some of the remnant flux on this crucible. The flux he uses is this stuff. We mix 4 tablespoons of sand and 3 tablespoons of flux together in the bottom of the crucible, this is then covered with a layer of flux and a lid (small gap) and put into the furnace/forge thingy for about an hour. ~45 minutes after the crucible comes up to temp/color. Mixture of sand & flux After the set time, the crucible is removed, and the contents poured into a small mold. It can be anything really. We set up a rectangle using a few pieces of steel and a tray. “So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.” The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing. Josh http://www.dosgatosdesignsllc.com/#! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg J.States Bladesmith | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dos.gatos.71 https://www.etsy.com/shop/JStatesBladesmith Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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