metal forge This is the furnace to heat the metal to be manipulated. the danger elements of this station are the heat, use of fire and gas. key things to make sure are addressed are the gas flow, airflow and electrics and extraction of fumes.
twisting the metal metal forging is a very physical discipline as well as timesensitive of material. more then just a cliche’ you must hit the iron when it is hot or your results will be unfavourable.
physics of the processyou will find you will be working in various planes of play. in this process not only was itnecessary to twist the metal but also pull in a synchronousmanner. if the metal did bend in a manor not intended corrections must be made quickly.
protective gearthe use of the protective gear is essential in the metal forging process. even with the protective gear the heat didtransfer through the gloves and the potential to burning ones skin was a constant risk which needed to be monitored.
final piece. the induction process wasfocused around producing a metal welsh love spoon.
the ladlebeing the first time working with forming metal with a hammerthere were some mistakes made. one was the distortion of the rim of the ladle. this was to be corrected on the metal grinder at a later time. Induction has been given to achieve this though.
the shapeI was actually quite chuffed overthe final bit. mine was the best. I believe this was due to not being afraid of hitting the metal with a force that was needed.
final outcome of induction• This induction has brought a better understanding of the various kinetic elements needed to form metal. the process gave a good insight to what may happen within a kiln by observing the fluidity of the metal when heated. It was hypothesised as being similar to what happens to glazes when heated.
further exploration and uses of metal forging• in further projects there is a desire to work larger and utilising ceramic as adornment or as embellishments. there will need to be a structure which will also lend an aesthetic quality to the final instilation.• in a pure utilitarian aspect, it was concidered to combined the metal forging with the ceramic to create a entry gate to a front drive of ones home.