Making the armature
Making the armature

This builds the substructure to support the clay original sculpture

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

Latex molds
Latex molds

A latex mold is made from the original clay.

Latex molds
Latex molds

A latex mold is made from the original clay.

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.

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.

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.

The Pour
The Pour

Bronze is melted at approximately 2100 degrees F.

The Pour
The Pour

Bronze is melted at approximately 2100 degrees F.

The Pour
The Pour

The bronze is poured into the ceramic shell.

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.

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.

Finish
Finish

The finished piece is then mounted on a base.