Celtic Cross - 3rd -4th Century


    This is a small Celtic cross, about 1.5 inches, designed after the style of the Celtic brooches of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. Bronze (90/10) with red enamel. It was cast in a 2 part clay mould on the hearth using bellows and coal.

    Although the designs on the arms show up on the mould, the did not come out on the piece (I think I needed a hotter mould and longer sprue), so the designs were carved into the metal using chasers and fine chisels, which is actually closer to what the Celts were doing anyway. I need to make a few more chasing tools and work on my technique, but found that is *is* possible to do with very little tools. I'll try to refine the technique on later pieces.