Making the armature
Making the armature

This builds the substructure to support the clay original sculpture

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Finished clay
Finished clay

This is the finished clay original for Where The Air Is Thin. Notice the support necessary as the clay weighs 50+ lbs

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Latex molds
Latex molds

A latex mold is made from the original clay.

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Latex molds
Latex molds

A latex mold is made from the original clay.

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Wax Casting
Wax Casting

Each bronze has an original wax that was made in the latex mold. This piece is chased or perfected and cut into pieces for shell.

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Wax Casting
Wax Casting

Each bronze has an original wax that was made in the latex mold. This piece is chased or perfected and cut into pieces for shell.

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Shell
Shell

The waxes are dipped in ceramic for approximately a week and are then fired to melt and burn out the wax leaving a negative into which the bronze can be poured.

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The Pour
The Pour

Bronze is melted at approximately 2100 degrees F.

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The Pour
The Pour

Bronze is melted at approximately 2100 degrees F.

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The Pour
The Pour

The bronze is poured into the ceramic shell.

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Metal work
Metal work

The pieces are then welded back together and "chased" to remove the weld lines and add the original detail back to the metal.

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Patina
Patina

They bronze is treated with a combination of heat and chemicals to give the final coloration and finish prior to being coated with lacquer to seal the finish.

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Finish
Finish

The finished piece is then mounted on a base.

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