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Palstave

Original
 
Found: Leimuiden, Zuid-Holland
Age: middle bronzeage

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Model
 
Material: clay & sand

To make the mould, I first made a model from clay and sand. Models have rarely been found, except for a few wooden sword models. Clay is much easier to shape then wood, and it doesn't require any  tools. As non-baken clay doesn't stay preserved, if this method was used there won't be any archeological evidence. So I'm considering this a plausible method for how they may have made models.

Mould
 
Material: Clay & sand

The mould is made using two equally sized plates of clay, and pressing the model in them. After drying the mould was fired.

Casting result
 
This axehead was cast in Ireland, at the Umha Aois symposium. As I didn't have much experience casting in different environments, I initially had a lot of problems getting succesful castings, because everything was just a little different. But in the end I got everything together, and produced this excellent axehead.

Finished axehead
 
Here is the finished axehead. As the mould had spread a bit at the lower side, there was quite a bit of extra bronze at the cutting edge. Therefore I decided to finish this one using modern tools.