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Viewing the sculptures and bronze process one piece at a time

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The lost wax casting process used in bronze sculpture production is truely amazing and the basic process has been around for at about 6000 years that we know of.

Lost-wax casting (also called "investment casting", "precision casting", or cire perdue which has been adopted into English from the French)[1] is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture (often silvergoldbrass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. Intricate works can be achieved by this method.

The oldest known example of this technique is a 6,000-year old amulet from Indus valley civilization.[2] Other examples from a similar period are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure (Nahal Mishmarhoard in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolithic period (4500–3500 BC). Conservative estimates of age from carbon-14 dating date the items to c. 3700 BC, making them more than 5,700 years old.[3][4]. Lost-wax casting was widespread in Europe until the 18th century, when a piece-moulding process came to predominate.

The steps used in casting small bronze sculptures are fairly standardized, though the process today varies from foundry to foundry. (In modern industrial use, the process is called investment casting.) Variations of the process include: "lost mould", which recognizes that materials other than wax can be used (such as: tallowresintar, and textile);[5] and "waste wax process" (or "waste mould casting"), because the mould is destroyed to remove the cast item.[6][7] quoted from Wikipedia 

Here are some pictures of the process following my piece, "STRONG MEDICINE RESCUE"

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in the clay sculpting in studio

silicone bronze piece at foundry

Molds and wax pours

Waxes sprued for bronze mouldings

Bronze pour molds ready for action

Lost wax melting oven and pour floor

Pouring molten bronze

Welding and chasing bronze. 

sandblasting for patina

zBrazind on new parts at my studio


Brazing other parts to my bronze in the studio


Hand fashioned pieces to braze on bronze

welded bronze ready for my finishing touches at studio


Patination process


Finished bronze with patina and purple heart wood turntable base

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