Making the Nautilus

A quick project diary to show how the Nautilus shells are made.
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Laying in the shell's outer skin.

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2

Smoothed out ready for adding the chambers.

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Chambers in place.

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Smoothing the outer shell.

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The silicon master mould to make the wax copy.

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6

Dipping the wax shell in ceramic slurry.

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Building layers with the ceramic stucco.

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8

Burning out the wax to leave the hollow ceramic mould.

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The hollow mould cooling before I fill the vent holes ready for casting.

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Pouring the molten bronze.

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Pouring the molten bronze.

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Just after the pour, the bronze sculpture solidifying within.

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Some raw castings.

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Grinding the face of the shell.

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14

Days of smoothing and polishing.

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