How Are Our Bronze Statues Made?
All of our bronze statues are hand made using the Lost Wax Process which results in intricate and detailed works of art. This process has been traced back over 5,000 years and has several steps which is why our bronze sculptures take so long to cast. First, an artist sculpts an original model from either clay or wax and a rubber mould is made. Once the mould is finished, molten wax is poured into it to make an even coating over the inner surface of the mould which results in a hollow wax replica of the original model. The wax copy is then chased which entails an artist using a heated metal tool to smooth out any imperfections or parting lines where the pieces of the mould came together. Then, the wax copy is sprued with a treelike structure of wax to provide paths for the molten casting material to flow and for air to escape. Once the wax copy is sprued, it is then dipped into silica and a sand-like stucco or dry mould material which creates a ceramic shell over the entire piece although it is not literally made of ceramic. This shell coated piece is placed into a kiln which hardens it and the wax melts and runs out. Now, all that remains is the negative space which was formerly occupied by the wax inside the hardened ceramic shell. Once the shell cools, it is reheated in a kiln and molten bronze is poured carefully into the shell. Once the filled shell is cooled, it is then hammered or sand-blasted away releasing the bronze casting. The sprues are cut off and the metal is then chased or cleaned up to remove any imperfections or pitting that may have resulted from air bubbles during the casting process. As you can see, each bronze statue takes a great amount of work to create from start to finish.