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Casting

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 8 August 2012 in Art & Design.

The place we visited is Bronzesmith, in Prescott Valley, AZ, a short drive from Sedona. The casting process is a lengthy and labor intensive one. It begins with the artist completing an original sculpture. Greyshoes works in stone.

A rubber mold is made from the original art. A wax positive is made in the rubber mold. That wax positive is dipped in a liquid ceramic silica-sand compound which is cured in a kiln to withstand the heat of the bronze pour. The wax melts during this process hence the "lost wax" name. After the bronze has been poured and cooled, a number of finishing steps occur.

The complete process is here.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very interesting, good document!

8 Aug 2012 5:47am

farNaaz from Iran, Iran

Yes ! Yes ! That's it .
Bravo .

8 Aug 2012 6:44am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Soo interesting!! Well done!!

8 Aug 2012 6:53am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent Very interesting

8 Aug 2012 8:24am

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Very cool & I love yesterday's sculpture.

8 Aug 2012 10:22am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice. I didn't know. Thanks for sharing.

8 Aug 2012 1:39pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Schöne Aufnahme, gute Info.

8 Aug 2012 2:27pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and very interesting !

8 Aug 2012 3:17pm

Florence from Paris, France

Great shot Steve, a very interesting shot indeed. I learn something today.

8 Aug 2012 4:25pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Eye-catching capture with an informative narrative!

8 Aug 2012 5:19pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful documentary style shot Steve! I hope you have documented the rest of the process equally as well! ;-)

8 Aug 2012 6:49pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Interesting item!

8 Aug 2012 10:27pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Interesting picture view and narrative

8 Aug 2012 10:54pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Nice shot of this interesting rubber molds and great explanation of the process !!!

8 Aug 2012 11:12pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Nice image. Interesting information. Great. :)

9 Aug 2012 11:52am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très belle iamge et cpatage de ce objets d'art.
amitié

9 Aug 2012 3:11pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent explanation of the process. Very nice photograph as illustration.

9 Aug 2012 8:19pm