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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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Different)
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
.
Bead Wire
 
Make Wire
Turn a round wire into a set of connected beads.
Bezel
 
Set Stone
.
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?
   
Has
Tools?
Has
Materials?
Annotation
 
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No
No
Karen Larsdatter has a number of very good links on a variety of topics.
nnotated Bibliography

nnotated Bibliography

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Hist.
Pub.
Year
Primary
Source
Have
One
   
BuyAnnotation
McCreight, Tim, The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook, 1982
 
 
No
Yes
This is a very useful book for someone who has already learned "the basics of the basics" about silver and goldsmithing. It is a craftsman's sketchbook with brief notes and drawings to jog the memory of how to perform a task.
McCreight, Tim, The Metalsmith's Book of Boxes & Lockets, 1999
 
 
No
Yes
McGrath, Jinks, First Steps in Enameling, 2005
 
 
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Yes
Nestler, Gerhard and Formigli, Edelberto, Etruscan Granulation, 2010
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1994
No
Yes
This is an awesomely useful book for someone who wants to know how granulation was done in the ancient world. The book is scholarly, pragmatic, and a very useful guide to how these techniques were done.
Odom, Anne, Russian Enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé, 1996
 
 
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Yes
Ogden, Jack, Ancient Jewellery, 1992
 
 
No
Yes
Olver, Elizabeth, Jewelry Making Techniques Book, 2001
 
 
No
Yes
Payne, Arthur, Art Metalwork with Inexpensive Equipment, 1929
 
 
No
Yes
Reagan, James, Smith, Earl, Metal Spinning, 1991
 
1936
No
Yes
This book covers the techniques of spinning metal forms on a lathe out of metal sheet.
Remenih, Maurine, Introduction to Enameling: A Step-by-Step Guide
 
 
No
Yes
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