Who doesn't want a non-functioning solid aluminum anvil covered in flocking? I mean I do! Secretly I know you do too...so here's how!
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Step 1: Preparation
- Super 77 Adhesive spray
- Red gating wax
- Flocking of choice
- Chicken Wire
- Tar Paper
Access to :
- 123D Make
Step 2: And So It Begins
Access Thingiverse at:
Type in Anvil and find one you like.
Save it to your work space
Open in 123D Make
In 123D Make you can change the anvil to your desired size.
Once your size is chosen segment the anvil into slices as seen in the figure above
Save as a file to work in Illustrator so it can be sent to be printed by the laser cutter
Once printed use some sort of adhesive spray to glue the anvil together
Step 3: Wax
*Important to note here...depending on the size of the anvil and crucible you may or may not have to break up the anvil into smaller sections. This will show the anvil into a few different sections.
I used a brown wax to cover the cardboard this gives me the opportunity to shape and contour the anvil if needed.
Step 4: Gating
Once the pieces are waxed they need to be properly ventilated so the flow of the molten metal hits all the corners and areas necessary. Each piece needs to be gated properly and then put in a plaster and sand mold to be burnt out in a hot kiln as seen above.
- This is where the chicken wire, tar paper, sand and plaster come in.
Step 5: Unearth
Once the molten metal is poured its time to dig them out of the investment, grind off the gating and edged and weld the pieces together. Once the piece is together you can begin to flock it with the color of your choice using a paint as an adhesive.