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The Foundry

Faithful reproduction of the artist’s creative skill is of paramount importance to the quality of the casting process. The use of ceramic shell casting enables you to translate fine art into exact 3D bronze representations of any size up to life size figures and above.

 

Moulding

The initial sculpture is moulded in rubber. As many waxes as the size of the order are then produced from the rubber mould. These waxes are then ‘sprued’, meaning the metal feeding system for casting is attached.

 

‘Venus’ during the moulding process

‘Three Graces’ during the sprueing process.

 

Casting and finishing

Each wax is coated in investment powder or ceramic shell, the wax is melted out and the metal poured in via the sprue – the more free flowing the metal, the better the result. The casting is then fettled out and chased and patinated in the appropriate finish.

 

‘Venus’ during the casting process

 

Patination

A variety of chemical treatments available today allows for a wide range of colours and finishes. The choice of final effect is naturally personal to the artist who commissions the work.

 

‘Siren’ during the finishing process