LEARN HOW SCULPTURES ARE MADE
Bronze casting sculptures is an extremely old artform that has stood the test of time for ages.
Below, we detailed out the process of how a sculpture is created so you can better understand the journey each piece takes from start to finish!
SKETCH THE SPACE
The process of sculpting starts with pencil and paper. Here is where ideas come to life, lines turn to movement on a page, and spaces start to show themselves in the form.
A flat version of the design is created on a metal sheet to further explore and understand the fundamentals of the idea. This stage is dedicated to refining the layout and silhouette of the sculpture.
A wire armature is made to support the sculpture, and clay is now formed to bulk out the concept in a 3D form. This is where all of the shapes details are refined until they come together.
MAKING THE MOLD
The clay sculpture is coated in a rubber mold, and then cast in wax to make a temporary duplicate. An additional mold is made around the wax version to create a final form for the bronze cast. The wax inside of the mold is burned away and the final mold is created.
Once prepared for casting, the final mold is filled with molten bronze. After cooling, the metal structure is revealed and the bronze sculpture brought to life.
During the patina stage, heat and different compounds are applied to the bronze in a variety of ways to create the color variation for the final piece. The result is a a beautifully natural and permanently bonded finish.
THE SPACES BETWEEN
AN ARTIST DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED BY BRYCE GILL