Metallurgy

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Metallurgy is the processing of ores into metal, creating metal alloys, and casting metal objects.

Also see the list of Metalcast Items (which can be made if one skilled in Pottery makes a clay mold of a template item of the same type).

Smelting Ore

What you'll need:

  • A heavy apron (or risk burning your clothes and your skin)
  • Protective gloves (or risk burning your hands)
  • Crushed stone powder containing ore
  • Some kind of flux, such as charcoal
  • Access to a smithy furnace

Steps:

  1. put (or transfer) ore-containing stone powder into the furnace.
  2. put flux into the furnace. (Don't forget, or you'll end up with highly impure metal!)
  3. pull the chain that operates the furnace bellows continuously until you hear the hiss of molten metal.
  4. Wait for the furnace to cool.
  5. get (or transfer) the metal blooms from the furnace.
  6. Be a good person and find a place to throw away all the slag left in the furnace. Don't just leave it on the floor or in the workshop storage.

Casting

What you'll need:

  • A heavy apron (or risk burning your clothes and your skin)
  • Protective gloves (or risk burning your hands)
  • Some metal to melt down (not ore - see smelting above)
  • Access to a smithy furnace
  • A mold of the types of item you wish to cast the metal into

Steps:

  1. drop the desired mold(s) so they're on the ground.
  2. put (or transfer) metal into the furnace.
  3. pull the chain that operates the furnace bellows continuously until you hear the hiss of molten metal.
  4. metalcast the metal into the desired mold. (Typing metalcast by itself will provide a list of options based on any molds present in the room.)
  5. Wait for the cast metal item(s) to cool.
  6. get the cast metal item(s) from the mold(s).

Notes

  • Metallurgy should not be confused with Metalworking, which is a different skill involving things like forging with a hammer and anvil.
  • Casting is generally a much faster production method than forging, but tends to produce inferior products since ferrous metals such as iron or steel can't be cast, and cast metals generally can't be forged. The quality of cast items also can't be refined higher as with forging.
  • Consider befriending a miner to give you easier access to metal ores.
  • Consider befriending a potter to give you easier access to clay molds for casting.