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new commission [Jan. 29th, 2003|02:40 pm]
Doug Ayen
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Got a new commission yesterday for a bronze sickle. I've been making these for a few years, given away to friends in the local pagan community, and this is the second one I've sold now.

After having lunch with the client to go over details, do a preliminary sketch, establish pricing, and get a contract signed (thanks, Topper, for the base contract), I picked up a piece of hardboard to make the master pattern from.

The sickle will be cast out of my own alloy of bronze, about 7% tin, 2% antimoy, 1% silver, and the remainder copper. The handle will be stag antler, with a hardened leather washer to cover the joint between blade and handle, and a bronze butt cap to cover the cut marks from where the antler was removed from the deer skull.

Since it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to fire up the casting furnace for just one piece, I'm planning on doing at least three other pieces -- another sickle, a mace head, and a celtic sword. I've got plenty of bronze around, time to use up some of it. If I had more greensand and molds, I'd do even more casting.

Goal for today is to transfer and cut out the pattern for the sickle blade, get the antler off the deer skull, and get the furnace back into operational condition -- the blower is weak, so I'm replacing it with a stronger blower, and re-piping the gas line to bypass the ancient regulator I don't trust.

If I can get that done today, tomorrow I'll ram up some patterns, and see if I can get the other patterns ready. Casting itself should be Friday or Saturday, with some luck.