January 28, 2014
On Monday, January 27th, three of the four bells for the St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Newman Center were cast by The Verdin Company at their foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bell molds, made of sand and epoxy, were prepared over the past week. Three thousand pounds of bronze, an 80% copper and 20% tin mixture, was heated to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten bronze was poured not directly from the furnace but from a smaller ladle that is easier to control. From the ladle, the bronze is then carefully poured into each of the bell molds.
After the bells have cooled, the next steps will be to break the molds, grind and polish the bells, and etch their names.
Watch the recording of the bell pour:
More information on the St. Thomas Bells from the Verdin website: http://www.verdin.com/special/bell-casting01-2014.php
Photo Credit: Don Hartmann, The Verdin Company