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Latest News – July 2016

P1050247During the smelting and refining of tin, the slow dripping of molten metal at the end of the pouring or refining stages can sometimes produce very exotic looking creations that are described as ‘tin sculptures’. The tin sculptures are effectively stalagmites of tin that form drip by drip as the molten metal flow slows, and eventually cools and solidifies. Due to even the slightest variations in production and atmospheric conditions, no two sculptures are the same, and often combine and come together, taking on dramatic appearances that are more like works of abstract art.

Recently while toll treating some South Crofty tin concentrate in our pilot scale smelting workshop, a number of these tin sculptures were found whilst clearing out the refining furnace.

31st July 2016

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