Making a 1/12th scale Brass Candlestick

 

This is a brief step by step photo essay on how I make a miniature candlestick. These are machined out from brass stock as opposed to being cast. This process makes each one an original. The subject for this essay is a circa 1760 English candlestick. It features a cove molded square base with concave corners.

 

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1 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Starting with measuring the original candlestick a drawing is made and the dimensions reduced to 1/12th scale.

2 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Sawing 1/2” diameter round brass stock to length.

3 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Turning base on a larger lathe to rough shape while being held in a collet.

4 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Using a ball end milling cutter to shape cove molding on base. This is done in a milling machine with the work held in a rotating indexing fixture.

5 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Turning a detail on the base in a small lathe.

6 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

After turning a bead with hand held gravers.

7 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Hand filing the sharp machined edges to match the softer rounded edges of the original.

8 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Drilling the hole for the nozzle in 3/16” brass stock that will become the stem.

10 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

Turning the stem to rough shape.

9 Making an 18th c. English candlestick,

Hand turning the nozzle details with a graver. Note both original and drawing are used as a constant reference.

11 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

Cutting screw threads on the bottom of the stem with a 0-80 size die.

12 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

After hand turning the stem with gravers. Note the original is within line-of-sight to the miniature being made.

13 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

Adding the fine details like turned beads and smoothing all the surfaces.

14 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

Filing 8 facets on the stem just below the nozzle.

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Polishing with jewelers rouge.

16 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

Signing with a .012” name stamp.

17 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

Screwing the stem into the base.

18 Making an 18th c. English candlestick

The finished miniature next to the base of the original.

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A matched set of four miniature candlesticks.