My Daughter Has Caught the MetalCasting Bug
For some reason which I do not really understand, my youngest daughter has become interested in my metal casting activities.
First she watched me do a molten aluminium pour.
Then she rang me a day or two later and asked if she could have a go. She really wanted to do it in brass or bronze, but as a relative beginner myself, and with only one episode of molten brass, and that one did not go so well, I demurred, and said that her first effort would have to be in aluminium.
So I prepared 3 flasks, printing the plastic parts, and gluing them into a wax tree, then slowly heating the flasks in the potters oven, up to 750ºc over 8 hours. Then lowered the oven temperature to the pouring temp of 710ºc. And preparing the aluminium melt at 710ºc.
When Eleanor arrived, we had a couple of practice runs with flasks full of sand, so she could get used to the weights and handling the tongs, and the various movements while wearing the protective gear.
Then the pour. This is Eleanor’s video of the event.
I admit to some substantial reservations about this exercise, but Eleanor listens carefully, asks intelligent penetrating questions, and follows instructions precisely. Full marks.
And, a very successful pour!
Great to see. I can see her doing some of her own designs on the 3d printer and following the process all the way through.
She must have something in mind. Not yet telling me.
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Could this be the start of a takeover bid?
Yeah thanks. I admit that I am pretty chuffed.
Accept the fact, you retire to management / supervision, and let her young energy do all the heavy lifting.
Hi John & Eleanor, great to see young ladies moving in circles they are ‘not supposed to be in’ 😉
If Eleanor really likes this kind of work / hobby, she might be interested in glass art. I don’t know that much about it, x that it seems to use the same tools as metal casting, etc. Also, I like the look of the ‘final goods’. I was fortunate to do a tour of this place in Taiwan (https://www.liuliusa.com/pages/museum-collection-liuli-crystal-art) when I was living there, 25 years ago.
Possible works are unlimited, and transparency & colours add dimensions unavailable in metals. A glass ‘Uluru’ might even capture the colours of the rock.
Also, I don’t know if anyone is using 3D printing for molds for glass art (a fair bet yes) but that would be another element of versatility. I imagine it might take some time to start turning out presentable works – but when you are young, ………………………… the sky, and all that kind of stuff!