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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.
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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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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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Karen Larsdatter has a number of very good links on a variety of topics.
nnotated Bibliography

nnotated Bibliography

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Lansford, Victoria, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters: All Chained Up
 
 
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No
Lansford, Victoria, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters: Rings
 
 
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No
Lansford, Victoria, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters: Russian Filigree
 
 
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No
Lewis, John Masters, Medieval pottery and metal-ware in Wales
 
 
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Ross, Marvin, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume 2, Jewelry, Enamels, and Art of the Migration , 2006
 
 
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Temple, Richard, Early Christian and Byzantine Art: Textiles, Metalwork, Frescoes, Manuscripts, Jewellery, Steatites, Stone Sculptures, Tiles, Pottery, Bronzes, Amulets, Coins and other items 4th to the 14th Centuries
 
 
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Allan, James W., Persian Metal Technology 700-1300 AD, 1979
 
 
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Yes
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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Yes
Ammen, C.W., The Complete Handbook of Sandcasting, 1979
95
 
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This is a fundamental reference work for the craft of sand casting. Until I read this book I thought that sand casting was very limited in the shapes that were possible to make using the technique.%26nbsp%3b I quickly found out how very%2c very wrong I was.%3cbr /%3e %3cbr /%3e This book is chock full of useful information about the craft of sand casting.%26nbsp%3b So much so that I believe it will take me about 10 readings to get it all.%26nbsp%3b I%27ve read it%2c casted a number of batches%2c now I%27m ready to read it again - because now I%27m ready to grasp another 10%25 of the material.%3cbr /%3e %3cbr /%3e This is the single most useful book on sand casting I%27ve found.%3cbr /%3e
Austin, Alex, The Craft of Silversmithing: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration, 2007
 
 
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Yes
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