Sculpture From Clay to Bronze : Part 8

After the completion of all of the above steps, a unique bronze sculpture will have been produced and can now be sold. Of course, if this piece sells and the sculptor wants to make another one, that sculptor will then have to return to the mother mold and go through all of the steps again in order to make another bronze sculpture. One of the main things to keep in mind when viewing sculpture is that the lost wax process creates truly unique sculptures. Although the sculptors examine each of the waxes, and double check each finished metal, due to the handmade nature of this process, each cast and each patina will be similar but still distinctively unique. Volumes have been written on the subject of the lost-wax process as well as the procedures of mold-making, casting and patinazation. We hope you have found this overview of the lost-wax process interesting and enlightening. All bronze sculpture is an investment which must be properly cared for. For indoor bronzes, the bronze should be wiped with a clean, soft rag once a year. Use a soft brush and apply a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax or Tree Wax to the sculpture. Allow it to sit for an hour or so and then buff it with a soft brush or rag. This will protect your bronze from the oil of human hands, dust, and grease. Outdoor bronzes should be treated twice a year by cleaning and waxing the metal. Generally, this cleaning should be preformed before and right after summer. Waxing the bronze right before summer is especially important because this will protect it during the hot summer months.   The End

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