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  Casting the new bells (July 2004)

The moulds contain hollow spaces of the correct shape for each bell (see how bells are made). Our four bells were cast at Whitechapel Bellfoundry  on 9th July 2004, along with one large one and one small one for elsewhere. Before the casting about 4 tons of bell metal had been melted in the furnace. It was carried (in two loads) in the large crucible and carefully poured into the top of each mould. After the pour, incendiary powder was added to reheat the metal in the neck and stop it solidifying before the body of the bell had done so. That is what causes the impressive flares.

 Pictures

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1PreCast.jpg
Before the cast
2Pour1.jpg
Pouring the Treble
3Pour2b.jpg
Pouring the 2nd
4Pour2a.jpg
Pouring the 2nd
5Pour6.jpg
Pouring the 6th
6Flare.jpg
Flare after pouring
7Group.jpg
The Group from All Saints

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