Videos

During the course of the research project "The Manufacture of Minoan Metal Vessels: Theory and Practice", a series of short films were created to illustrate some of the technology and processes used in the study.  Further information about the processes shown here can be found in the book The Manufacture of Minoan Metal Vessels: Theory and Practice, and the papers listed in my résumé.

All films by Lan Nguyen-hoan.

Annealing a copper billet in a charcoal hearth

A copper billet is annealed in a simple charcoal hearth and a blowpipe is used to raise the temperature of the hearth.  The billet is then quenched in a salt and vinegar bath to remove oxides and finally rinsed in water.

Sinking a copper vessel form using a stone hammer

Using a stone hammer in the shape of a pestle, a copper dish is shaped by hammering it over a hemispherical cutout on the top of a hardwood stump.  The rim is then forged flat.  This process is performed numerous times, and the dish is regularly annealed to maintain the malleability of the metal.

Raising a copper vessel with stone hammers

Using a stone hammer in the shape of a pestle, a copper vessel form is raised over a wooden stake.  This process is performed numerous times, and the vessel is regularly annealed to maintain the malleability of the metal.

Finishing and polishing a copper vessel using stone tools

Using a range of stone tools with different abrasive qualities, the surface of the vessel is cut back and polished to create a reflective surface.

© Dina Clarke 2017