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Work in Progress & Commission
Lost Wax Casting
THE PROCESS BEGINS WITH THE ARTIST'S ORIGINAL PIECE SCULPTED IN CLAY

MAKING THE MOLD
ALL DETAILS OF THE SCULPTURE ARE CAPTURED IN THE MOLD

WAX CASTING
MOLTEN WAX IS POURED INTO THE MOLD.  IT IS THE EXACT DUPLICATE OF THE ORIGINAL.

CHASING THE WAX
WAX IS PULLED FROM THE MOLD AND HAND CHASED (RE-DETAILED TO MATCH THE ORIGINAL

SPRUNG
WAX RODS AND A POURING CUP ARE ATTACHED TO ALLOW FOR GASES TO ESCAPE AND  TO ASSURE A FULL POUR.

INVESTMENT CASTING
THE WAX CASTING IS DIPPED INTO INVESTMENT LIQUID 10 TIMES IN A TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED CLIMATE
FINE POWDER IS APPLIED ON THE FIRST DIP AND CERAMIC SAND ON THE OTHERS THIS PROCESS CREATES THE CERAMIC MOLD.

BURN-OUT
THE CERAMIC SHELL IS PLACED IN A KILN AND FIRED AT 2000 DEGREES.  THE WAX MELTS AND THIS CREATES A  HOLLOW CERAMIC MOLD.

CASTING
THE CERAMIC SHELL IS REMOVED FROM THE KILN AND THE MOLTEN BRONZE IS POURED INTO THE SHELL AT 2100 DEGREES.

ROVING THE CERAMIC SHELL
THE CASTING IS COOLED FOR SEVERAL HOURS AND THE SHELL IS BROKEN AWAY.

SANDBLASTING & ASSEMBLY
SANDBLASTING REMOVES ANY FRAGMENTS OF THE CERAMIC SHELL.  PIECES OF THE SCULPTURE ARE WELDED TOGETHER

IN THE CASE OF A MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE OR ANY SCULPTURE CAST IN MORE THAN ONE PIECE, THE SECTIONS ARE ASSEMBLED AT THIS TIME

CHASING
7 GLASS BEADING
WELD MARKS ARE CHASED, REDETAILED AND SANDED.  SCULPTURE IS BLASTED WITH FINE GLASS BEADS

FINAL PROCESS PATINA
THE PIECE IS HEATED AND A PATINA CHEMICAL IS APPLIED BY HAND FOR COLORIZATION

WAXING
WAX IS APPLIED BY HAND WITH HEAT TO PROTECT THE PIECE