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THE PROCESS

People often ask me about the process that goes into creating one of my door knockers or other specialty pieces. So here's my answer....

I start with my own idea, or someone sends me their idea on commission, and the first thing I do is sketch it on paper, trying to visualize how the sculpture is going to look....
Then I make a three-dimensional model of the sculpture either out of modeling clay....
...or I make a mold out of one of my original sculptures to reproduce in bronze.

Next I paint several layers of latex mold compound on the model.
After the latex hardens I remove it from the mold.
I then paint hot wax into the latex mold to make sure I pick up all the details possible, and then fill the mold with melted wax.
When the wax has fully hardened, I remove the wax from the mold, and now I have a duplicate of the model, but in wax.
And finally, using precision carving tools and magnification, I refine the wax to bring out the intricate details of the piece.

When this step is completed, I take my piece to the foundry to be cast in bronze. In my case, I use Skurja Art Castings in Prescott, Arizona for all my bronze work. There are many steps a piece goes through once it gets to the foundry. If you are interested in a complete description of the process, there are website links listed below. Meanwhile, here are just a few pictures to give you an idea of the actual casting......


If you'd like to know more about this process of "lost wax bronze casting,"
I recommend these sites....

www.albany.net

www.borsheimarts.com

www.bronzeart.com

www.bronzes.com

www.castincranston.com

www.unc.edu.com


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