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Socketed axe

Original
 
Found: Elzenerveen, Netherlands
Age: 1100-800BC

Model
 
The model to make the moulds was made from clay and sand.

Mould
 
To make the mould, I made two equally sized flat pieces of clay, tempered with sand, which I then formed around the model. After these halves were made to fit and properly finished, they were put aside for several days to let them dry. This firmed up the clay, so I could use the mould to form the core. By making the core several days later, the core would shrink further and therefore always fit after all the parts are fully dried.

Casting result
 
This is the axe as cast, straight from the mould.