By Suzanne G Valenstein
This good-looking publication is immediately a basic survey of chinese language ceramics from the early Neolithic interval to the current day and a vital reference quantity for paintings historians and connoisseurs. initially released by way of The Metropolitan Museum of paintings in 1975 as an advent to its big choice of chinese language ceramics, the booklet used to be hugely praised through specialists within the box.
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You do not want air leakage that could cause a horrific explosion. When you start up a gas forge, be careful not to stand in front of it. A small accumulation of gas in the forge chamber has been known to throw a flame bigger than most people would expect. Besides a suitable fire, you also need a good flux. To make damascus, or “forge-weld steel,” as the process is often referred to, flux is added sparingly to keep the steel clean and free from oxidation. I have used anhydrous borax as a flux for many years because I like its performance.
But I have found that a not-so-tight twist followed by a few folds achieves a nice, tight random pattern. Besides improving the design, I believe that twisted damascus makes for a strong or structurally sound billet. I am careful in performing this operation to make sure the temperature of the steel is correct before I begin twisting it (each steel type has a proper welding temperature, information that is readily available from most steel suppliers). Twisting the billet is quite stressful for steel.
The next step is to flatten or “draw out” the billet. To do this, I first add some flux to the steel and place it back in the forge to get it up to welding temperature again. As I draw out the billet, I am also forging it back into a rectangular shape. The reason I bring the billet back up to welding temperature is only as an extra precaution, in case I would have created a small separation during the twisting operation. Of course, this should not happen, but better to be safe than sorry. As the author forges the tomahawk head to shape, he constantly checks the top and side views to make sure everything is proportionate and even.
A handbook of Chinese ceramics by Suzanne G Valenstein