Cuttlebone casting

At acorn war I had a chance to take  a cuttlebone casting class from Alail.  I decided to try a lunula, a crescent shape pendant common in Russia and other Slavic areas. 


I got a good cast on the first pour but blew out the mold on the second. I noticed that the texture of the cuttlebone transfers to the cast object. The actual casting has gone missing before I could finish cleaning it up. 

This was a general idea of lunula-ness with out a model handy. Lunula had a wide range of complexity and detail. This would be a simpler one. Lead-Tin alloys were known in early medieval russia, though casting mold evidence is usually stone.   Cuttlebone is likely not a period casting method in Russia, tho its fragile nature makes finds rare. Regardless this is a quick and easy way to experiment. 


Some west Slavic casting molds, including for lunula. Found at http://west-slavs.tumblr.com/post/98980928030/early-medieval-west-slavic-jewellery-making-forms

More information on lunula

https://www.academia.edu/3357505/Crescent_pendants_lunnitsa_in_11th_13th_century_Rus_Pagan_amulet_or_Christian_ornament

Sources 
Khamayko, Natalia. ‘
Crescent pendants (lunnitsa) in 11th – 13th Century rus’: pagan amulet or Christian ornament? Rome, Constantinople and Newly-Converted Europe:
Archaeological and Historical Evidence.
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Warszawa 2012

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