Viewing the sculptures and bronze process one piece at a time
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) is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture (often silver, gold, brass 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. Other examples from a similar period are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure (Nahal Mishmar) hoard 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.. 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: tallow, resin, tar, and textile); and "waste wax process" (or "waste mould casting"), because the mould is destroyed to remove the cast item. quoted from Wikipedia
Here are some pictures of the process following my piece, "STRONG MEDICINE RESCUE"
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
Finished bronze with patina and purple heart wood turntable base