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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tune 2014 Mechanical Wine Decanter

Last year I attended the miniature school in Tune Denmark that took place in July. I finally had time to finish the tiny mechanical wine decanter that we made in Bill Robertson's class, it is made from brass and ebony. The decanter dates from late Georgian to Victorian times, the main idea of the decanter is to slowly decant the wine while the heavy bitter sediment you had in red wines back then stayed in the bottom of the bottle. We did all the turning ourselves on a metal lathe as well as the treading to make screws and nuts.




















Since the class I had time to look at a few more examples of decanters on the internet and decided to change the cradle into a simpler design than that of the class prototype, of course simpler doesn't always mean easier as I discovered with this one. I made one out of cardboard first as it had to be pretty exact. I made it from one solid piece of brass.


















































The second thing I changed was instead of just using a pin riveted into the cradle through the supporting uprights I made tiny screws with little knobs to keep the cradle in place after I saw that on an antique french wine decanter, here are all the pieces ready for final assembly.















To lower the bottle you turn the handle and if it wasn't for the cork the bottle would be empty now :-)

I thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned a lot of new techniques that I have since continued to practice at home.

Have a blessed Easter everyone.

15 comments:

Dorien Litjes said...

Wow Elga. Another masterpiece. Your skills are so good. You do have a perfect eye for perfection!
Hugs Dorien

Pepper Mitcheson said...

It's very impressive Elga, well done you =0)
I'm always fascinated by these types of objects. The Victorians/Georgians really knew how to simplify a job with minimum effort haha

Catherine said...

Elga,

It is just gorgeous. You did a beautiful job creating all the pieces for the piece. I think it is great that you chose to change the design a bit to personalize it just a bit. It is wonderful!

otterine said...

Fantastic!!! It's a blend of art and function, which is a weak spot for me. :D

miniaturista said...

Te ha quedado precioso.
Un abrazo
Maite

Isabel Ruiz Alonso said...

Muy bonito.

miraclechicken said...

I love it Elga it's beautiful!

PILAR6373 said...

Que gran trabajo!!!!
Besos.

Doug S said...

Elga, what a wonderful unique piece! These sorts of pieces fill me with wonder at the minds of those who created them.


I am impressed with what you've been able to do with this piece. Nicely done!

Giac said...

Hello elga,
It is just incredible. Amazing work!
Big hug,
Giac

Debora said...

Great you got round to finishing it, it looks wonderful. Job well done!

Now, when is the party? :)
Cheers!!!

Mary Lynne said...

Unbelievable! I can't think of another miniaturist who is as multi-talented as you - woodwork, needlework, and now metalwork - and all of it exquisite. Keep taking care of your hand - you don't want to lose the ability to work on these tiny things!

The grandmommy said...

AWESOME!I also like the idea of learning about a culture or time in history at the same time!

Elizabeth S said...

I can hardly believe my eyes that you would actually make such tiny screws for this tiny project!!!! Congratulations on this mini MASTERPIECE! I am utterly Amazed by your skill and the precision and the accuracy this work, must have required; Oh My!!!!

Josje said...

That 'turned' out beautifully Elga! ;-) I wonder when I will finish mine...