Work In Progress
The pictures show roughly how the sculpture begins as a wax positive. The wax positive is first incased in a flask using heat-proof plaster. Once the plaster sets the flask is exposed to heat and steam in order to drain out the wax, leaving a void where the wax once was. After the wax is evacuated the flask is placed into a kiln and heated to 1350 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours. This burns out any residual wax and cures the plaster, making it ready to receive the molten bronze. The bronze is heated to a temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. At the same time the flask is placed into a vacuum table I made which is operated by Diane. The bronze is poured under a vacuum into the cavity created by the removal of the wax pattern, which allows the bronze to fill the flask rendering extreme detail. After it has chilled, the bronze casting is removed from the flask and cut away from the casting forms. The pieces are now ready to clean up and assemble. After the assembly, which is done with welding and silver soldering, the sculpture takes form and is ready for the surface treatment which will give it a final patination. One can deduce from this process that the sculptures I make are unique (one of a kind). I do not make editions.
Title: Portable Evil Sets Sail, 2007, 20 X 10 X 6 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze
Title: Portable Evil Sets Sail, details
Below, Related drawings for "Sacred Portable Potable" artist sketchbook #21, 2006-2007
Title: Marian's Mouse, 2007, 11 x 3 x 2 inches, Unique cast and fabricated bronze, Private Collection
Abu's Journey Into Night
Left, Conceptual drawing, artist sketchbook #21, 2006-2007