Course fee: £100
Bronze Smelting and Casting
This one day course will introduce how copper was transformed in prehistory from stone to metal and how Bronze artefacts are cast.
During the course you participate in a copper smelt, where you will crush copper ore, and keep the furnace up to the necessary temperatures need to transform the stone to metal, by pumping the bellows and adding fuel. You will also create your own mould, into which a small bronze object will be cast, which you can take away.
You will learn practical tips and techniques on:
- how copper is formed geologically
- how copper is smelted from its ore
- how Bronze objects are cast
- how to finish (file and polsih) a bronze object
The day will start with a short presentation, explaining the science behind copper ore formation, smelting, casting and annealing. Then participants will get hands on taking part in a copper smelt and making clay moulds.
In the afternoon you will see copper casting up close and get to take away a bronze object you designed. If you would like to bring an item to create your mould, please do. Items should not be bigger than a credit card size.
You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season, as well as staying safe during the activities. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, closed shoes are necessary. We will be working in close proximity to fire, therefore long hair should be tied back, no hair spray to be worn and non flammable clothing worn please.
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What you need to know …
All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day. Refreshments and biscuits throughout the course. Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen and wear suitable clothes for working outdoors.
Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee). No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course. All adult courses are for 16 years or over.