Begin 08/06 - Life-Sized Sculptures Project

The following pictures illustrate the process involved in creating a life-sized bronze sculpture.
New photos will be posted as steps of the process are completed.

Original clay sculpture

Original clay: rosette on bust

Original clay sculpture: back view

Begin mold making: remove all parts to be molded separately

Shim to part molds.
Apply mold material, several layers

Continue applying layers of mold material to all sections of the sculpture

Apply layers of light-weight shell over
all molded surfaces

Remove all sections of shell
from mold

Remove all silicon molds from sculpture

Begin wax working: pour/paint wax positives
for all molds

Chase, sprue, and vent all wax positives

Begin ceramic shell work: apply multiple
coats of ceramic shell

Begin casting: load shell into kiln,
melt out wax to produce hollow vessel

Melt and prep bronze

Pour metal into empty
ceramic shell molds

Knock off ceramic shell

Sandblast remaining shell

Rough chase individual castings

Begin assembly and rough chase seams

Rough chase all seams

Assemble parts and chase all seams

Assemble parts and chase all seams

Prepare sculpture and base for mounting

Prepare sculpture and base for mounting

Sandblast finished sculpture

Sandblasted finish, ready for patina

More photos coming soon...

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