ElgaKoster Posted July 8, 2015 Share Posted July 8, 2015 I have been busy all week preparing kits for a class I am teaching this Saturday at our club the Academy of South African Miniaturists. Since we only have two lathes to use and eight students we had to be creative in thinking how to present this class, we will do it over two Saturdays and split the students up, one half will do the candlestick while the other half will make a little fretwork candle sconce, my friend and the chair lady of our club Lisa Martens will teach that part of the class and next month the students will swop to the part they haven't done.I also decided to only demonstrate cutting the brass into sections with the cutter and only let the students do the graver work since for all of them it will be their first time doing brass turning.I started with the top half of the candlestick that is turned from 4mm brass, the smallest they manufacture here in SA now. I started with the hole for the candle and turned a small indentation to help me with a starting point for measurements when I put it back in the collet to turn it from the other end.The other two parts for the candlestick were roughly turned from 10mm thick brass to fit into the 4mm collet for final turning and graver work.See how close you can get to the headstock with the work securely held in the collet.By the way, the cutter I am using here is still the one I bought from Bill Robertson in the brass bed class, it has been sharpened a few times.All the pieces ready for graver work, the middle piece is a drip tray for the wax, the students will also learn how to tap and make a screw thread.And a photo of the candle sconce my friend is teaching, most of the students haven't done this fine fretwork before, so I think they are all going to learn lots of new techniques.I should have two of these candlesticks completely finished by tomorrow, they will go into my own dollhouse. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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