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Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Jim J » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:02 am

I dug this out of the cabinet the other day.
It is a lost wax cast bronze teapot I made back in 1985?
Never finished it past this point, fell in love, got married, had two kids blah blah blah...

After finishing the surface, I decided to do some flush inlay.
The pine branch is copper with aluminum needles. ( didn't know any better?)
At the time I was into bonsai, but didn't really know what I was doing so the design is a bit off.

Never did figure out the perfect design for a handle, a rough piece of pine limb as a model for a casting was one plan.
I carved the lid from serpentine stone. Got damaged when it fell off the mantle. (Kids...)
Thinking about what the other side could be, a simple flower engraving?

I was trying to make a classic shape with clean lines.

Any comments or criticisms are welcome.
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Re: Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Jim J » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:55 pm

So I think the basic teapot shape turned out nicely.
I was able to make to symmetrical and well proportioned.
Even the lid, in spite of the damage is acceptable.
I laid out the pine branch off of a limb in my backyard.
The needles could be better, ( fishscales duh.)

I made it because I wanted to learn lost wax casting for larger objects.
I had done a fair bit of small castings.

The inlay was done because I felt the surface was too plain.
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Re: Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Steve » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:40 am

I have no experience with this sort of metal working, but I appreciate the effort and your quest to learn.
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Re: Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Jim J » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:08 am

Thanks Steve, beginning to wonder if said something wrong or everyone ran off to join the circus. :hehe: :dizzy:
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Re: Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Karl Wunderlich » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:04 pm

Hi Jim, I came just back from the circus. No, you said nothing wrong, but maybe not enough :rolleyes:
... what is the composition of the bronze?... How does the tea tastes like from a bronze pot? ... how does the inside looks like and do you have any pictures from your investment and casting process?
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Re: Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Jim J » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:19 am

Well, I did this teapot probably 30 or more years ago.
It would have been made from some type of sculptural bronze.
I was tagging along with some sculptor friends to do the casting along with some sculptures they were doing.
I may have some film pictures somewhere, but this was made long before digital was available

I have never made tea in it, I suspect it should be tinned or silver plated before use.
Probably has at least some lead in the alloy.
In the southern part of the USA, sweet tea (iced) is pretty popular.
The best is made in an aluminum pot for some reason.
Probably heresy to say, but...

The inside was where the spru and riser were attached.
I'll try to get a picture of the inside for you.
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Re: Cast bronze teapot with inlay

Postby Albert R » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:06 pm

No circus for me! Just a minor weather event here in Florida!
Don't rightly have the chops to comment, but looks good for a first attempt even if it has no handle...
Knowing what you now know, what might you have done differently?
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