Bronze artists put gravitas in every bronze sculpture they create. Even the smallest piece created out of bronze demands admiration and value. Bronze is the kind of material you do not take lightly. The truth is the sheer appeal of bronze gives high importance to its presence. Whether it is displayed alone on a public space or a table inside an art gallery, bronze sculptures are mainly part of our existence and it has been there for decades. Bronze sculptures fill our offices, homes, public fountains, and you can even see some bronze masterpiece at your local cemetery.
Over time, the process of creating bronze sculptures has evolved and refined.Bronze artists know how to appreciate the unique qualities of this type of metal. Basically, bronze is an alloy which is very popular for casting because its properties expand a bit before it sets. This characteristic allow for the alloy metal to fill out even the smallest impression. This in turn results to an astonishing and remarkable detailed work that otherwise would not show with other types of alloy used on sculpting.
Bronze is durable and strong yet very pliable and these properties come very handy especially when working with figures that represent a sense of movement. Bronze artists start the process of creating bronze sculptures by first making the required shape out of other materials. This can be either clay or a wax while others use wood. Once this stage is complete, Bronze artists will then create a rubber mold. This is made by placing the original piece in to the soft clay. The rubber will be painted right on the part where it is exposed before the plaster shell is put into it. After the clay is removed, the entire process will be repeated on the other side and once the rubber mold is completed, it will now become the template for creating copies from the original piece.
Bronze artists will continue the process by creating a wax copy of the original sculpture by pouring in wax in the rubber mold. Once the wax is set and the rubber molds are taken apart, the bronze artist can perform some refinements on parts that need special attention for details. Depending on the exactness of the created reproduction, Bronze artists usually take as much time as they can to create the finest details and make their sculptures as realistic as possible. After the ceramic mold is finished, openings will be installed for the air to seep out and for the wax to escape.
The ceramic mold will be heated to strengthen its structure and after this, the molten bronze is poured into the mold. Once the bronze cool down and set in, the sculpture will be freed from its mold and Bronze artists will start the process of finishing. There are various ways to do this. Others use sandblasting techniques to remove impurities and make the bronze shine perfectly before the artist manually polishes the surface. Creating a bronze sculpture requires experience, skills, and the right set of tools. Only the best bronze sculpture can create the most remarkable bronze piece.