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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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Hammer Sheet
Punch metal on the front side in order to leave decorative marks or depress the metal.
Create small wire cells affixed to a metal object and fill them with melted glass.
Cold Connect
 
 
Fasten a piece of metal to another object without the use of heat.
Collar
 
Set Stone
Set a stone by building a collar to hold it using a "collar" made out of thin metal foil to hold the stone into a depression in the piece.
 
Making a high temperature container used to melt metal in.
Cupellate
 
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Cut Strip
 
Hammer Sheet
Cut narrow strips of thin sheet metal for use in other processes.
 
Casting using a mold made from cuttlefish "bone".
 
 
The addition of texture or shape (for decoration, not form) to a metal object, or the removal of metal to add a decorative effect.
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Training?
   
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Materials?
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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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No
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
 
 
No
Yes
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