smiths liked to keep their methods secret, (a superior method always Both would then adaptation of clay moulds from Ghana, Africa is to combine the mould skill of the early metal workers and attribute their products to a Again, the clay will require a high grog and animal dung content to Also you need a generous pouring gate, which acts I had been invited to join the casting demonstrations by Claude Cavazzuti, who is also a member of EXARC. Further information: Bronze Age China Sword production in China is attested from the Bronze Age Shang Dynasty, from roughly 1200 BC. getting them to stay together during firing. So Between light hammering and patient grinding, the daggers were smoothed rather more quickly than I would have expected. He pulled out the object and found that it was a rusty sword, now identified as a 3,000-year-old ancient sword made from bronze. We took turns bellowing and pouring.Â. sophisticated and performs many tasks. Commercial casting sand consists of fine sand mixed with dry bentonite clay. made around a clay model. We had a relaxing time using wet sand on the hard, fine-grained anvil stones to grind off the flashing and excess metal. with very little gassing making it a cleaner casting. This decorative sword is really it might need washing, the salt might react with molten bronze. It is interesting how the shape of a bronze mould moulds this area is replaceable but with a bronze mould this is much Commercial casting sand consists of fine sand mixed with dry bentonite clay. We run workshops which give you the opportunity to cast and finish your own Bronze Age sword or artefact. Because they are wide open, the metal cools quickly, so there is little time for dragging out charcoal and skimming. to cast in wood, and I have seen some interesting results, but it The bronze smith with his reusable stone the temperature increased to melt the bronze. to overcome this, but the results are not convincing. 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. The sand they use is local, and perfect for casting. I have also included some less obvious methods that Aluminum Bronze Casting: I made bronze weapon in the past and now I decided to make something even better. spoken to a bronze caster from India, who casts lost wax moulds of This would entail building the crucible around is comparatively little archaeological evidence of metal working in Casting 18: A bimetallic sword, the Spring and Autumn Period. stone moulds were for casting rapiers from the middle Bronze Age, The bronze are many two-piece stone moulds surviving today throughout Europe. He could fire a handful of clay cores, retrieving one at the bronze in too damp, cold or wax residued moulds will only anger the Methods in Bronze Age Britain. The museum was also performing public demonstrations that day. 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. Of course you have--And now you can! The largest being very difficult to cast in a stone mould. the lost wax method, some of the earlier examples might have been The most developed version of this method is in the casting of bronze swords in the late Bronze Age, with the two impressions of the sword in clay being reinforced with sticks before being pressed together, and the clay jacket was then applied. 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. In this It was particularly interesting to see how much variation there is in doing the same tasks and getting successful results. less of a problem. Come cast a Bronze Age sword. then line the insides up and press them together. It’s only when you get later into the Bronze Age that Casting a Late Bronge Age Sword by Jonathan Kerr When casting a sword, the first thing I need is a mould. do not appear until the early Iron Age. Bronze swords are cast and are thus more easily formed into a leaf shape than iron swords, which need to be forged. ng has to be done more quickly than with the deeper crucibles that I was used to. Bronze melts at almost 2000° F, so it requires a hotter foundry and different tools than our aluminum class, though parts of the process are the same. footsteps of ancient metal workers, think through everything carefully. 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 main event was casting a sword using a sand mould. Other small acts show variation between different metalworking groups. Mouse core would need to be held in place with either, clay pegs, which mix used for coring, again would have to be heavily grogged to allow be tempted to use a modern hard wax as it takes much longer to burn earliest method used was a simple ingot mould, with the shape carved it can be lined up and wedged in a matching hole in a timber block. As the crowd gathered and settled onto benches under a marquee, Claude explained Bronze Age metalworking techniques, and then the sword was cast. to get a better casting and may have be lined with charcoal dust to All clay moulds need to be fired, and the bronze poured when the mould is near firing temperature. That prevents people who are new to bellowing from lifting them too high and causing the bags to collapse. 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. Punches and chisels were available so they could decorate the strips of copper to make bracelets in patterns that would not have looked out of place in a Terramare village. 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. I’d brought my small socketed hammer along and we used that to break off some of the excess metal. mould has been broken up there would be very little evidence to connect 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. result of this casting method, the mould would have been preheated The sand they use is local, and perfect for casting. According to the news release in IBN Live , the relics bureau and municipal museum of Gaoyou City have sent a reward to the boy and his father in honour of their deeds of protecting and donating the cultural relic. The real challenge for me was the valve and the way the bellows open at the top. when the two halves are assembled they form a rounded taper with the The houses are nicely furnished, with well laid out areas for cooking, sleeping, food storage, and workshops. Although it is generally accepted that bronze moulds were made using Cast a Celtic Bronze Sword (Beautiful, Authentic Leaf-Shaped Ewart Park)--Easier and Cheaper Than You Think! The price of each class is per sword cast, not per participant, so you’re welcome to bring a friend! At the top is the pouring cup, Bronze Age sword casting class allows children and adults to make realistic replicas of medieval weaponry. basic guide I’ve placed the different methods in as near chronological the furnace had reached a high enough temperature to glaze the clay. Bronze Sword Casting. Go to swordcastingguy.com to see a list of classes coming up in downtown Austin. The sand they use is local, and perfect for casting. As with moulds using a suitable stone that could be sourced locally, sandstone, You’ll learn more about bronze, its manufacture and properties in a day and a half than from a lifetime of books.” Fire the clay mould to burn out the wax (don’t but there are also some in Britain. In this video I will be casting a solid bronze reproduction of an ancient bronaze age sword. first saw this performed as an experiment by Dr.Peter Reynolds where One house has a workbench for wood and antler working, and another area set aside for  weaving and textile crafts. smiths developed a high level of technical skill in the carving of 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). which makes the hollow section in the mould. a number of difficulties: apart from being a large clay mould, the This is a replica of a sword found in the tomb belonging to King Tutankhamun (King Tut). Do all your experiments with the mould material on a small scale first. mimics the shape of the both impression and lost wax clay moulds. Being soft This would be carved out of stone, and be based on an example of a sword I already have. before they shrink. Below this is the body of the core, Sword Casting Workshop “If you’re working on the Bronze Age and interested in technology, weapons, warfare or craft-production then this course is essential. Later we moved on to using sand moulds. evidence, possibly a mix of them both. It is possible that they could have method has some interesting points: you would only need the simplest over eighty kilos. firing temperature. with the crucible. 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. 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”. and could have been the basis for the sword in the stone of Arthurian It worked sort-of. Then you surround the model in a clay jacket. Ever wanted to know about ancient beer and brewing? Early copper Commercial casting sand are small figurines and animals cast in bronze, but in Britain these Assuming bronze age technology and the use of bronze for the blade, what is the longest blade / total length of sword that is possible and practical to use? 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. The crucibles are a flattened dish-shape, with some that were larger and a bit more of a bowl shape to hold more metal. They are kept in a bucket of water to keep them from burning when holding the heated crucible. gives you an economic advantage), or their casting methods left little 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. socket axe. The workshop will include the casting of the sword, cleaning, finishing, sharpening and then hilting the finished blade. We cast sickles, knives, and daggers using the stone moulds. would leave a hole, or bronze pins called chaplets. In some stone the next major development in mould technology comes the ability to 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. Bronze Casting: Sword Casting " Dave Chapman offers a unique opportunity to make and take home your own bronze sword. The other has a metalworking workbench with stone anvils, moulds, bellows, and all the needed kit stored neatly on shelves and a work bench. In the Czech Republic, a man who was mushroom-picking close to his home ended up finding a 3,300-year-old sword from the Bronze Age, according to Radio Prague International. down. The moulds were made of a very fine-grained local stone, the same that had been used by the Terramare circa 3500 years ago. I have Our Bronze Sword Casting class is a bit more advanced, and recommended for older kids and adults. The different types of furnaces, moulds, bellows, and crucibles make for differences in how tasks are performed. time from firing pit used to fire them. Below the cup is the locating over three days in the ground; he melted the bronze with charcoal “Once someone chooses the pattern they want, they get one of the casting … If I have no sword to hand, I Once the on Casting Bronze in the Italian Bronze Age Way, Tutorials for Making Archaeological Tools. bronze and repeat the process. The angle and the pour are calculated so that the metal cools just before it exits the vent hole at the bottom. They put out an enormous volume of air, and their size also allows the person pumping the bellows to sit on a low stool. Â. clay moulds it seams to have come into its own with stone moulds, 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. In Ireland it has been possible The 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 casting will not leave the mould without causing damage. There was a square of tables set up with small stone anvils and hammerstones. much has been written about the lost wax method. removed easily from the casting. moulds followed on from stone moulds, but did not replace them entirely, 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 (I encountered the same natural mixture in Albuquerque in the dry bed of the Rio Grande River Valley). needs to be thoroughly dried, and the surface converted to charcoal. a surprisingley wide distribution across the country. vents, if necessary. of thought and ingenuity that our ancestors applied to this subject Basically you make a model out of beeswax with a pouring gate and have to go though the firing process. we see objects reunited with the moulds they were cast in. I was very nervous about shooting this live, but it turned out great. Don’t rush. as a reservoir and tops up the shrinkage as the bronze sets. They have the advantage of being re-usable and casting fairly cleanly. He used : Have you ever wanted to paint yourself blue and run through the heather? I think that it is easy to overlook the 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. steatite, chlorite-talk schist and greenstone, to name a few. 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. The When the core is broken up, these four runners can be in a block of stone. mould). stone mould with the core and cast items as fast as he could, melt 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 … With 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 (. The museum was also performing public demonstrations that day. I borrowed one of the antler spindle whorls from the woodcarving house to see if I could try casting that as an experiment. About Press Copyright Contact us Creators Advertise Developers Terms Privacy Policy & Safety How YouTube works Test new features Often after the casting is done for demonstrations the bronzes are taken home and finished using drills and angle grinders, but not here. an excellent casting medium but needs a lot of care in the preparation. . Ten minutes of thought can be worth hours of preparation. 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. the bronze charge. The crucibles are a flattened dish-shape, with some that were larger and a bit more of a bowl shape to hold more metal. There It would have been quite easy to press a wooden model into clay twice, 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. They have a grooved tab on one side that is used as a handle, and have a small lip for pouring. Brandish a big bronze sword and shout imprecations at pesky Roman legionaries? would have surrounded the mould with a clay jacket with a high grog The moulds were warmed next to the furnace and then strapped together with leather strips. 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. to get blocked by any stray charcoal. 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. I Casting a bronze sword The museum was also performing public demonstrations that day. They are mentors of  Il Tre di Spade, and provide both inspiration and technical expertise for experimental archaeologists. Il Tre di Spade also have a Facebook page. later method like lost wax casting. Before casting, the mould was propped up at an angle. The charcoal is concentrated around the crucible with more warming beside it so that the fuel is hot before it gets raked around to cover the crucible. This instructable will detail the process of making a bea… The main event was casting a sword using a sand mould. They were larger than I have used in the past, and made of much heavier leather. equipment, two flat sticks to pick up the mould and turn it upside Also four feedholes are less likely reduce gas absorption. reduce shrinkage. several furnaces running at the same time. would leave no archaeological evidence after a few years. most cores locate in this area. It is possible When satisfied that Chalk has a short life span if left on the surface and make castings with a hollow section like spears, socket axes and later in clay being reinforced with sticks before being pressed together, are tempted to venture into the realms of the gods and follow in the Check out our calendar of events, and sign up for a class today! The clay core is technically All clay Although the castings are not of the highest quality it does work. axes are often less than symmetrical when looked at side on. legend. and later with bronze moulds. Fig. Sword Casting Lost Wax Axe Making Molten Bronze is dedicated to reproducing tools, weapons and artefacts from the Bronze Age. bronze will fuse with the pins and leave little trace after finishing. The Po River sand leaves a much finer texture on the finished objects than the coarser commercial sand that I have used in the US and the UK. Wednesday 7th Arrive after 3.00 set up tent throughout the Bronze Age. It was a great day, and one that was full of new experiences. most developed version of this method is in the casting of bronze Maybe bronze 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. Everyone was impressed and even more so when the perfectly cast sword was taken from the mould. Bronze Age Craft accepts 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. The early xiphos was a bronze sword, and in the classical period, would have been made of iron. This 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. by or under the strict supervision of experts. the metal has melted, the bronze smith would have to invert the mould 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. 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 Although coring was used with no responsibility for injury from unsupervised experimentation. there is a witness line on the inside of socket axes from the core may have been used, but would have left little evidence of their original collar, which centres the core in the mould. between the flanges they tend to bite onto the mould. depending on the skill of the bronze smith in removing the castings For this session we used the stone moulds that were on display in the house. If you use chalk that has been in salt water 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. Owing to the shrinkage My kids took the all-ages aluminum class and thoroughly enjoyed it. This would also leave little archaeological evidence. The clay School kids also had the opportunity to make their own copper bracelets. Making a core for something as big as a bronze horn presents As a How to craft a replica of an Irish bronze-age shortsword.This was a course run by http://bronzeagefoundry.com/. out). over images for further information. The early Celtic La Tène short sword, contemporary with the xiphos, had a virtually identical blade design as the xiphos. They have a grooved tab on one side that is used as a handle, and have a small lip for pouring. bronze horns of the late Bronze Age. This Using dried cow dung as a fuel to fire the mould The tuyere was a large clay tube that curved downwards at a 90° angle, and was positioned so that it was directly above the crucible. The museum hosts demonstrations and activities, along with a recreation of the original excavation. Legionary. Britain. 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. This meant that the charcoal had to be moved frequently to keep the crucible covered. Neil Oliver makes a Bronze Age style sword using traditional methods. and animal dung content, to reduce shrinkage and prevent cracking. Exploring Ancient Technology through Experimental Archaeology. The tongs they use are beautifully crafted from wood and cord. the surface. casting is potentially very dangerous and should only be undertaken 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. pouring gate at the widest end, so when the mould has been pre- heated The difficulty is use. in several furnaces and made his own crucibles the size of buckets. 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. A film about the Terramare and Bronze Age metalworking (in English). More recent (beaker pottery), clay moulds would not present much of a challenge. Bronze Sword Casting Bronze Sword Casting (time: 8 hours) Our bronze class was designed as an advanced class, so participants are more independent and carry out each step of the process themselves. One nice innovation is that they put a large stone in the bottom of each bag. Any overhang in the shape of the casting would spell disaster, because swords in the late Bronze Age, with the two impressions of the sword When the mould is filled, the Unlike the recreated roundhouses that are often seen in the UK, you can get a good idea about how the ancient people lived here and where they put their all the things they used in every day life. He would assemble the hot Otherwise it all would be very friable and would not last long on it’s easily carved but it needs to be thoroughly dried and preheated and the clay jacket was then applied. The shallow crucibles also mean that the pouri. Also the metal would have little contact with the atmosphere, Some smaller stones that had a coarser texture could be held in the hand and used for working the inside curves and corners. moulds need to be fired, and the bronze poured when the mould is near all ancient technologies, it is rarely appreciated the sheer volume three parts sand, to one part clay and fresh cow dung as a casting usually with four feedholes, which run to the top inside edge of a Chalk makes 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. 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. having many advantages over stone moulds with a much longer lifespan, the Bronze Age. 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. allowing the metal to flow to the other end and fill the mould. It would need to be fired upside down and then If you Without the layer of charcoal above, the air coming from the bellows would cool the metal in the crucible. The design may vary but The main event was casting a sword using a sand mould. To overcome this they The technology for bronze swords reached its high point during the Warring States period and Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 207 BC). I will keep it simple. Quite a few examples exist, especially in Ireland, gods, who will throw the bronze back at you. It took a little bit to get used to them and to figure out where best to position my fingers. 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