Making Tea Wrex, Part Two

by shelbyvision on June 23, 2011

Part Two of Three. See Part One.

The next step is the belly portion of Tea Wrex, which is the actual vessel of the teapot. The tongue, which is the spout, is part of it. I wanted the part that would be used for holding liquid and pouring to be one piece with no seams. This was a fairly ordinary raising task, and it took many stage of raising and annealing to get it to the right height and shape. the pictures only show a tiny fraction of the stages of raising. In the fourth picture, it has been worked with a heavy planishing hammer.

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The next step was one of the most tedious processes imaginable, getting the two parts to fit together. They had to fit with no gaps on top, bottom, front and back. It took days of tweaking with hammer and stake, grinding and filing, to finally get the proper fit. Then it took hours to figure out how to clamp the two parts together so they could be silver-soldered.

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Next, the lower jaw, which is a very simple piece, but took quite a bit of time to get to fit for a solder seam 180ᵒ around. Notice the wire used for clamping.

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Then the head, which is also the lid. Compared to the rest of the project, it was pretty easy. A lot of the forming was done from behind on the sand bag. The hard part, again, was getting a nice fit, which took many hours.

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By now it looks almost complete, it just needs those funny little useless arms that T. Rex is famous for. We’ll get to that in Part Three.
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

shelbyvision June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks everyone for all the kind comments.

Dana Evans June 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm


Michael Parkin June 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

It sure is impressive, starting from photo 1.1

Cynthia Eid June 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Your work blows me away, Steve. thanks for sharing!

jennifer hoover June 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Very exciting and fantastic. Thank you for sharing. A cup of tea soon?

marilyn June 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

It is a marvelous bit of metalsmithing.

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