Materials

  • All sculptures are created using oil based clay.
    • Classic Clay: 2AB220 Tan
    • Chavant: Le Beau Touche
      • oil based clay never dries out and are not fired. 
  • A live model is used to create the pose and as a reference throughout the sculpting process.
  • When the clay sculpture is completed a mold is made. Molds are made using a RTV, 2 part, platinum silicone in a 15 or 25 durometer.
    • they are either a poured block mold or a brush-on mold.
    • the poured block molds are cured under 60 psi pressure to insure a void free and detailed mold.
    • Once the silicone has cured , it is removed from the clay and ready to cast into.

Casting

  • Investment cast bronze
    • For investment casting a hot, liquid wax is poured into the mold about 3 mm thick. When the wax cools back to room temperature it is removed from the rubber mold and checked for accuracy to the original.
    • The wax skin then has a wax sprue system attached to it so the molten bronze can be poured in from one point and the super heated gas/air escapes from the other end so that the mold will completely fill with metal and/or not explode.
    • The wax shell and sprue system is then dipped into a fluidized bed of a collodial ceramic coating multiple times, with a drying period between each dipping. Once the ceramic shell material has built up to the required thickness it is put up side down in a large kiln, where the wax skin and sprue system is melted and drains away, leaving a void in the ceramic shell which has now fused by the intense heat of the kiln.
    •  The shell is now positioned in a sand box with the pour cups up, ready for the molten bronze metal to be poured into the void.
    • The molten bronze is poured into the pour cup and flows through the sprue system, into the void and out the other side so that the pour crew knows it is filled.
    • When the metal cools the ceramic shell is knocked off and the bronze cast is sand blasted to clean off any remaining shell material. 
    • Due to size limitations in the pouring process many times the sculpture is poured in pieces. The pieces are welded together (the weld chased) as well as the entire piece is chased to make sure it is exactly as the sculptor had created it.
  • Cold Casting Mediums
    • Forton MG Bronze
      • FMG Bronze is a water-based casting system utilizing a very specific alpha-hemihydrate gpysum, Forton VF-812 acrylic co-polymer and -325 mesh, spray atomized metal powders to achieve the desired finished look. The slurry with the metal powder is brushed in the mold and allowed to firm up. Then the same mixture but without the metal powders but now containing pre-chopped glass fibers is placed and compacted. This reinforces the casting and allows it to be strong and light-weight.
    • Forton MG Marble
      • MG Marble is a water-based casting system utilizing a very specific alpha-hemihydrate gypsum, Forton VF-812 acrylic co-polymer and marble particles in the proper ratios to give the desired look. The slurry with the marble particles is brushed in the mold and allowed to firm up. Then the same mixture with the addition of pre-chopped glass fibers is placed and compacted. This reinforces the casting and allows it to be strong and light-weight.
    • Clear Cast
      • An optically clear urethane resin is used to cast reliefs in either the traditional method (pouring into a negative mold which gives a positive casting) or pouring a solid block over a positive mold, which gives the form in the negative within the block. 
    • Bonded Marble
      • A clear resin is filled with 1.5 times its weight of 30 mesh marble particles. When cured the piece is sand blasted to expose the marble particles. The addition of the marble particles makes the casting opaque.

Finishing

  • Investment Cast Bronze
    • Traditional chemical patinas are then applied on the assembled, heated bronze sculpture. These can give wide possibilities of looks for the sculpture. The chemical acids give a range of colors as they react with the heated metal.
      • Then a hot wax is applied to seal the surface and help protect against the elements.
  • Cold Casting Mediums
    • Forton MG Bronze
      • Cold acid patinas are used to react with the metal powders in the FMG Bronze matrix, giving the desired color when they dry.
      • The surface can be burnished with 0000 steel wool to highlight a specific area, or not, before a clear wax is applied to prevent further oxidation of the metal and enhance the look.
    • Forton MG Marble
      • After molding areas that I want highlighted and/or marble particles exposed are wet sanded with 200 grit, garnet paper and dried.
      • A clear wax is applied to enhance the look.
    • Clear Cast
      • The cured casting can be sand blasted to give a frosted look.
      • The casting can be mounted on a mahogany block or mounted in a light-box for a very dramatic effect.
    • Bonded Marble
      • After demolding the casting is sand blasted to expose the marble particles.

Presentation

  • Investment Cast Bronze
    • Cast bronze sculptures are mounted on granite, marble or mahogany bases. 
  • Cold Casting Mediums
    • Forton MG Bronze
      • Reliefs are mounted in a shadow box with a floating matte and frame with 2" depth. 
    • Forton MG Marble
      • Reliefs are mounted in a shadow box with a floating matte and frame with 2" depth
    • Clear Cast
      • The cured casting can be sand blasted to give a frosted look.
      • The casting can be mounted on a mahogany block or mounted in a light-box for a very dramatic effect.
        • The position of a light source behind the casting can give a dramatic effect as can the orientation of the casting to the light.
    • Bonded Marble
      • Reliefs are mounted in a shadow box with a floating matte and frame with 2" depth. 

Pricing

  • The prices shown on the web site are Gallery Retail prices. Please email for Wholesale and Gallery pricing.

Representation

  • Gallery representation is welcome. Please contact the Atelier to discuss.