Tuesday, 18 March 2008

COMMISSION-Coat of Arms for cast iron fireback

My most recent sculpting job has come by way of one of my local Blacksmiths-like a great deal of my commissioned work. I am lucky enough to have 2 Smiths working close to my studio who specialise in lead casting. Ian Ridgway and Brain Turner. Ian and Brian cast by pouring molten lead into either sand or chill moulds (a chill mould is made of cast aluminium). So they need moulds and to make a mould you need an original form, or somebody to sculpt one. That's where I come in.

Ian has been asked to create a cast iron fireback, the sort of thing that you would see in a stately home behind the fire grate. It protects the brickwork from damage and holds in the heat, and is often used to display the family coat of arms, as in this case.

So, armed with a copy of the family crest, a whole load of clay and a backing board the size the finished plate is to be. I am going to set about recreating it a bit more 3 dimensional.

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