Marquetry card table by John Linnell #2: Adventures in casting pt 1

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Blog entry by Longcase posted 04-27-2016 04:33 AM 835 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As mentioned previously, the folk at Keddlestone Hall allowed me to take many photos , these are pics of the cast feet ,I think made of bronze (maybe brass).
I realized with all the detail I could not use sand casting and really the only option was to use the lost wax technique, therefore I needed a copy of the original. For some strange reason the people at Keddlestone were not keen about me taking one of the orginals off the table to use as a pattern, so I tried carving a pattern out of a block of bass wood, to say I have no skill as a carver would be an overstatement, I realized I needed a professional .

I could not believe my luck when searching local carvers that I found Ben Furse ( a classical trained carver from England who resides literally just around the corner from me, he had been to Keddlestone studying the carving there he even knew who John Linnell was, and he agreed to carve me a pattern

The next stage was to make a mould.
The wax is heated and poured into the mould to make the lost wax pattern, these are now sprued onto the rubber pouring cup.

The rubber pouring cup along with the wax patterns are now placed in the flask and investment (looks like plaster of paris) is poured over the wax pattern to form the cavity that the bronze will flow into, (for some reason I did not take pics of this process) the results looks like this once the rubber pouring cup is removed.

I will continue later
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 04-27-2016 04:40 AM

What a great stroke of luck to find a carver so close by. I think the stars are aligning very nicely for this table.
I hope you don’t keep us in suspense too long but then I’m pretty sure how this will come out. Looking at the photos and the carvings, I think yours may come out nicer.
This is a great project.
We really should try to get together some time soon. We are so close.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 04-27-2016 11:56 AM

Great work. Admire your perseverance. Look forward to seeing the finished castings!

I came across a company down here in Australia who have quite an array of antique brass furniture hardware – but no they don’t have your foot.

Another great company in the UK who do an amazing range of brass casting and hardware for antique furniture is

Now they aren’t cheap but boy oh do they have an amazing range!!

-- Madburg WA

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