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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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Skill
Owning
MAPS
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Parent
Skill
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
.
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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Has
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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Source
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Hawthorne, John, Smith, Cyril Stanley, On Divers Arts, 1979
 
1120
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Yes
If you are interested in period medieval metal working, glass or painting processes, this is a must-have work. Theophilus covers a wide variety of techniques and processes, including recipes for various materials.
Hinton, David A., Gold & Gilt, Pots & Pins: Possessions and People in Medieval Britain, 2005
 
 
No
Yes
Jones, Liz, Silver Wire Fusing, 2008
 
 
No
Yes
Knauth, Percy, The Metalsmiths, 1974
 
 
No
Yes
Lansford, Victoria, Metal Techniques of the Bronze Age Masters: Eastern Repoussé and Chasing, 2009
 
 
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This is a DVD and e-book combination. The material is clearly and logically presented. If you want a really good introduction to this set of skills, you will not go wrong with this choice.
Liban, Felicia, Mitchell, Louisse, Cloisonné Enameling and Jewelry Making, 1980
 
 
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Yes
Lindsay, Lindsay's Chemical Cross Reference, 2003
 
 
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Yes
This is a very useful book if you are attempting to learn the actual medieval processes from period sources. The book cross-references chemicals under many different names they may be known by.
Lopez, Ana M., Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, 2009
 
 
No
Yes
López-Ribalta, Núria, Miró, Eva Pascual i, Enameling on Metal: The Art and Craft of Enameling on Metal Explained Clearly and Precisely, 2010
 
 
No
Yes
Loyen, Frances, The Thames & Hudson Manual of Silversmithing, 1980
 
 
No
Yes
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