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edieval Artisan Program of Study for Metal

edieval Artisan Program of Study for Metal

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The Craft of Metal Working covers the preparation of Metal from Ores to the Finished Product.

We have organized the skills and information about this Craft into a Medieval Artisan Program of Study (MAPS), which includes a set of Skill Definitions, Skill Tests to verify mastery of the Skill, How-To Guides to explain the Skill, Projects the Artisans have done using the Skill, and an Annotated Bibliography relevant to that Skill.

We hope you will enjoy our presentation of this data and find it useful to your own studies.  As always, please provide feedback to us about any of these MAPS if you have additional information or see a better way to organize or present it.
kill Map

kill Map

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Diagram of Metal Skill Hierarchy
Link to Metallurgy Skill page.Link to Anneal Skill page.Link to Alloy Skill page.Link to the Cast Skill page.Link to Pour Ingot Skill page.Link to Sand Cast Skill page.Link to the Stone Cast Skill page.Link to Lost Wax Cast Skill page.Link to Cuttlefish Cast Skill page.Link to Cuttlefish Cast Skill page.
kill Definitions

kill Definitions

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These are the Skills covered by this Program of Study.
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Owning
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Skill
Description
 
Mix different metals and chemicals in specified proportions in order to produce a new metal allow with specific characteristics.
 
Apply heat to make the metal more malleable.
Anticlastic Forming
 
Forge
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Assay
 
Determine the exact composition of a given metal sample.
Bail
 
Cold Connect
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Bead Wire
 
Make Wire
Turn a round wire into a set of connected beads.
Bezel
 
Set Stone
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Block Twist Wire
 
Hammer Wire
Twist a square cross-section of a rod so that it becomes a round wire (with a spiral mark where the once-square corners meet).
Braze
 
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Pouring molten metal into a mold to make an object.
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Training?
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Annotation
 
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Provides a basic overview of the sand casting process.
 
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This school is located in eastern Tennessee in the US. It provides weekend and week-long training classes in aspects of all the crafts on this site over the course of a year. It has a very good craft library and bookstore that also sells tools and materials needed for the classes.
 
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Provides instructional DVDs and tools for near-eastern chasing and repousse work. Ditto for filigree. She also teaches classes.
 
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This is a very nice group that specializes in the art of Enamelling. They have an excellent free lending library for members and sponsor a conference every two years.
 
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Ganoksin is a website that has many how-to videos covering a number of jewelry making techniques and a truly excellent email list. They also sell pdf copies of turn of the last century texts on making jewelry for a little over a US dollar each. You will rarely find a better deal for that price.
 
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Karen Larsdatter has a number of very good links on a variety of topics.
 
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This is a general purpose forum covering all the basic metal crafts.
 
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The Prince's School specialises in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world's great traditions. It has courses on a host of medieval and ancient art techniques and the associated philosophical underpinnings of the art.
 
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A general purpose jewelry tool and materials supply company.
 
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A free video primer on the sand casting process.
nnotated Bibliography

nnotated Bibliography

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Allan, James W., Persian Metal Technology 700-1300 AD, 1979
 
 
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This is an excellent scholarly work covering this topic. If you are interested in Persian or near-Eastern metallurgy, this is a must-have work.
Amiranashvili, Shalva, Medieval Georgian Enamels of Russia
 
 
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Austin, Alex, The Craft of Silversmithing: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration, 2007
 
 
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Yes
Benjamin, Susan, Enamels, 1983
 
 
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Yes
Cockrell, Dorothy, Beginner's Guide to Enamelling, 2007
 
 
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Yes
Codina, Carles, Goldsmithing & Silver Work: Jewelry, Vessels & Ornaments, 2003
 
 
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Yes
Darty, Linda, The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration, 2006
 
 
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Yes
Finegold, Rupert, Seitz, William, Silversmithing, 1983
 
 
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Yes
Gingery, David and Vince, Dave Gingery's Green-Sand Casting Techniques, 2008
 
 
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Yes
DVD
Gingery, Vince, Making Crucibles, 2003
 
 
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Yes
This book covers making crucibles for metal casting. Crucibles are fairly expensive and this provides an inexpensive way to make crucibles.
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