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Fossilized Tooth?

3 Mar

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Our Day’s Tally of Junk

3 Mar

Our day's tally of junk

The massive piece on the right is Kat’s ‘find’, part of a ploughshare.

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Do I Detect a Smile?

3 Mar

Do I detect a smile?

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My First Find: Scrap Iron.

3 Mar

My first find: Scrap iron.

The first objects I dug at Stagsden farm.

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Badger Brand for Gold Bars

27 Feb

Badger Brand for Gold Bars

This is a non-artist’s (to wit, my) concept shot of a metal stamp to be used for impressing gold and silver bars. Yesterday I sent off the image to a stamp casting company for a quote. The actual stamp will be tiny, approx. 8×14 mm. If we have one made we could use it to impress newly cast bars with our mark.

For some reason, I am enchanted by the idea of a do-it-yourself, electric gold kiln. There is a model called the HandyMelt; true, it sounds like an Arby’s sandwich, but it allows you to melt down flour gold and jewellery into bars and buttons. Here is one of the coolest videos I have found of the HandyMelt process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7nZDqppT-g

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Just a (mud)lark.

26 Feb

Just as a (mud)lark.

These are the passport-style photos I took for my Permit to Search the Thames Foreshore. The foreshore is the expanse of riverbed or beach that is exposed by the fluctuation of the tides. In the UK, most tracts of foreshore (and beaches and estuaries and so on) are owned by the Crown Estate (more or less by the Queen).

People known as mudlarks — historically often children, the infirm, or criminals — have been scavenging bits of treasure or usable stuffs from the river for hundreds of years. In theory, anyone can walk down the foreshore during low tide, but you need a permit to detect or dig.

Here’s a short vid of an American Garrett representative (I think it’s Garrett’s son, actually) detecting on the Thames foreshore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDoSnHNM5Zg

If you were the Queen, would you give a permit to someone looking as scruffy as I do in the photos? True mudlarking style!