Friday, October 16, 2015

A make and mend sort of a day

A collection of Christmas decorations fresh out of the mould

For a variety of reasons, things have not been great of late. The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers. 


Casting away

So the obvious solution was to disregard all the things that I should be doing and set down to a spot of casting.  Prince August do a range of Christmas decorations and they have become something a small tradition in the Kinch household.  I make a set each year for the children of friends. 

I never do seem to have enough clamps

Each year I pick up a new mould and add another two baubles to the set. There is a pleasure that cannot be expressed in making things with your own hands.  I know that they are simple enough, but I always enjoy the process of breaking in a new mould. I even ran up a couple of traditional toy soldiers for myself while I was at it.  They shall have to go marching through the library. 



Father Christmas & Reindeer

Every year there's something of a rush to get them all finished, so getting started early meant that hopefully that will be avoided, but I doubt it. But casting always puts me in a good mood, so it took two birds with one stone. 

I shall have to lay in some more metal. 


14 comments:

  1. I cannot agree more that there is no such thing as making things ourselves. While some could think it is cheap, I'd go as far as to say it's the exact opposite because they are made with our most valuable possession : our time.

    Wonderful.

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    1. I certainly find it tremendously rewarding.

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  2. Well done Mr Kinch.

    A great mixing of hobby, family and festive requirements.

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  3. Oh no ! the first mention of Christmas ! , Tony

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  4. You are beating the Christmas Rush this year.
    Pouring your own figures is a tempting notion.

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    1. Just trying to get ahead of the posse. And Mrs. Kinch rather enjoys painting them.

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  5. I cannot but abhor mention of Christmas this early but it strikes me that this post is more about making things!

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    1. Very sorry Thomas. In my defence, I wanted to get ahead of the posse.

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  6. Wow, amazing. Now this is something special, seriously.

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  7. As a complete novice when it come to casting how technical is it, and would my wife kill me for ruining her kitchen?
    I've seen the moulds through out the years, but have never had the courage to give them a go. Do you have any tips to stop me burning the house down.
    Cheers.

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    1. It's actually pretty easy actually. I must do a post about it.

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