Andres Institute of Art Iron Pour
26 October 2014
You missed a good time, but I know what you mean about long drives. This is one of two emails with photos from the Andres Institute of Art Iron Pour on October 26, 2014. I'm including a few paragraphs to describe the iron pour below, in case you want to include that with the photos on the web.
This was a special event for the Andres Institute. Their grounds are always open to the public, showcasing many sculptures in a natural
setting. But on this Sunday, they invited the public to carve patterns into blocks of sand, fired up an iron melter, poured hot iron into
open-top molds, and let the visitors take home their creations.
The sand blocks used for carving were made from sand mixed with
two-part resin, producing a coarse and rigid block of sand that was soft
enough to carve, but stable enough that it wouldn't crush or deform with
gentle pressure. Carvers used simple pointed steel instruments to
carve the pattern, then swept away loose sand with small brushes.
Once the pattern was done, they brushed the sand with a graphite and
alcohol slurry. This acted as a mold release agent and also helped
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