Bells 2,3,4

Discussion in 'Metal casting projects' started by vincent, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. vincent

    vincent Silver

    Got a few more done, they are not as good as the first but hope I will learn from my mistakes!
    I got crazing on the outer moulds, I think I laid too much fire clay, too thick on the wax that goes just before the loam

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  2. dennis

    dennis Silver Banner Member

    Tries to recall what metal was used... was this a high-tin tin-bronze? 15+ percent tin?
     
  3. Petee716

    Petee716 Gold Banner Member

    Awesome work Vincent!
     
  4. vincent

    vincent Silver

    Dennis, yes I use bell metal that I blend myself, give or take 1% I use 80 % Cu 20% Sn
    I label the bells with the composition
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    Last edited: Mar 8, 2021
  5. vincent

    vincent Silver

    Poured six more today and I had luck on my side, on pouring the last bell I ran out of metal, a third the way up the sprue but it still turned out good, its the bell on the right.
    This lot was to see how small I could make them using my loam method. the smallest one in the front with the dolphin on it has a base of 120mm and stands 90mm high. I do think I could make them smaller but I have no desire to do so.
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  6. Jason

    Jason Gold

    There is good and then there is lucky. I'll take lucky any day!
     
  7. Imagine setting up a miniature church steeple in your backyard and hang all those bells at the top :D.
     
  8. vincent

    vincent Silver

    Thats exactly what I intend to do, I have no firm plan but I am aiming for about 25 bells on a portable steel frame so it can be used on site or be loaded onto a trailer to take to public events. The smallest bell being around 1kg with the largest somewhere north of 100kgs.
     
  9. If you're going that far, you may as well become a marriage celebrant and turn up to events with a trailer-chapel and do 5 minute $50 weddings :). The chapel could have entry and exit stairs with a printed marriage certificate on your way out the back steps.
     
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