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Arrowheads

Original
 
Found: Sleenerzand, Drenthe
Age: Middle bronzeage

Inside a burrial mound, a palstave, spiral bracelet, a group of arrowheads and two coils of gold wire were found. This is a very rich find for this period especially because of the large amount of bronze arrowheads and gold coils. It's my goal to reproduce this complete group of finds eventually. 

Mould
 
Material: clay & sand

The mould is made from clay tempered with sand and baked.

Casting result
 
These arrowheads I've attempted to cast several times. Because they're so small, it makes it particularly difficult. The original arrowheads are less then 1 mm thick, which is impossible to cast. So I've decided to cast them thicker, and then thinning them by hammering. 

Finished arrowheads
 
The arrowheads are hammered thin to harden the metal. This caused some cracks, so I couldn't go as far as I intended. These cracks mostly occured at irregularities in the metal. The arrowhead on the right was missing one of the hooks, so by grinding I made a new one. The arrowheads are further ground on sandstone, and polished using a smooth stone.

Casting result 2
 
With three moulds, each for three arrowheads, the production goes quickly. With the last castings, I've got 6 full arrowheads, and 2 not complete but still usable. That brings me quite a lot closer to the 14 as found in the grave at Sleenerzand.

Completed set of arrowheads
 
Eventually I've managed to cast a total of 15 arrowheads. All have been hammered, sharpened and polished, which took an average of 2 to 3 hours per arrowhead. But that's just the beginning. Now I have to make the complete arrows, quiver and bow. But that's work for later!