How is it made?

The birth of a bronze sculpture  

The process of creating a bronze sculpture begins with an inspired idea and a sketch on paper. Once the sketch is approved, the next step is crafting a three-dimensional model in clay. This stage allows for a precise understanding of the sculpture's proportions. The clay model undergoes adjustments until it captures the desired essence.

Subsequently, a silicone mould is created to preserve every intricate detail of the original clay model. For larger sculptures, multiple smaller moulds may be necessary, which are later assembled. The mould is then coated in wax and immersed in liquid plaster.

Once the plaster has solidified, the casting of bronze can commence. Bronze, an alloy primarily composed of copper with smaller proportions of tin and zinc, is melted at temperatures reaching around 1200°C. The molten bronze is poured into the mould, displacing the wax. Upon cooling, the plaster is removed, revealing the bronze sculpture. For larger pieces, multiple sections may need to be welded together.

Finally, the bronze sculpture undergoes coloration. While bronze naturally possesses yellow or orange hues, treating it with specific chemicals alters its color. Typically, bronze sculptures feature brown, black, or green patinas, although various other options exist.

This intricate process illustrates the meticulous craftsmanship and dedication involved in creating a bronze statue.