Handmade in gilding metal, nylon, silver plated
Visual research . . .
Development in 3D . . .
Using this idea of something moving across a surface to develop a design for a TeaPot. I made a hemisphere in wood to represent the infusion bowl for the tea leaves. Then I covered it in a thick layer of plasticine and began to manipulate it. When the limit of the plasticine had been reached I changed materials to card and continued modeling. One more change was required in to hardwood which I used to fit onto the hemisphere and to create templates to transfer the pattern on to metal.
I marked out the metal with a scribe and I pierced out the blank. Scored a 90o groove in it by hand, using the handmade scoring tool I made, folded it and silver soldered it along the inside of the fold lines. I soldered supports on the inside to make sure they stayed parallel and in place.
Each entire side was fabricated in this way. The inside edges of the metal parts required chamfering with needle files so they fitted exactly on to the curve of the metal hemisphere ready for silver soldering. Silver solder will not flow if there is the slightest gap. All solder and solder joins have to be spotless and a perfect fit. The parts were held in place on the pot by ‘raising stitches’, using iron wire to bind and hold everything in place while allowing it to expand and contract.
Silver soldering on this scale and with this precision was a surgical procedure.
At the hearth it took two torches to raise the temperature enough for the solder to touch and flow. When I was satisfied it had gone according to plan I let the whole area cool before pickling. Now there was the other side to fit. The high temperature required for silver soldering moved the metal slightly and adjustments had to be made every step of the way. The lid opening and the bezel for the lid was next to make. I soldered the bezel into place on to the lid.
From a block of black nylon I cut and carved a piece that fitted between the handle of the lid and the outside surface of the metal lid. I secured it in place with a nylon screw ensuring total insulation from heat.
The lid domed to match the curve of the pot and fit the bezel perfectly.
I made the handle in a similar way to above. I fitted it with black nylon insulation as already described ensuring complete insulation from heat.
The base was spun and had to be fitted and soldered on. There was still much to be done, cleaning, polishing, plating. And there were details like the holes in the pot to catch the tea leaves as the tea pores from the pot.
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