Creating Copies with a lost wax process... casting in Gold and Bronze

July 06, 2020

Creating Copies with a lost wax process... casting in Gold and Bronze

With some down time after my knee replacement, I decided to develop and post this video/blog. 

This is a very technical and fun process. It also led to a very happy friend!   

I learned how to do lost wax casting from a great instructor, friend, and a fun guy Nathan Dube at the Glassell School of Art in Houston.  This technique is something that I have also  used in creating my enamel work. 

 

I made a rubber mold of the tree branch with a 2 part rubber from smooth on.

The heat of vulcanization would not work. 

I then made a lost wax of this mold and cast it .

Here i have them on the sprue ready for investing and casting. I cast 2 copies 

 after cutting off sprues

I am happy... now with a brass copy of a tree limb.  

 

In this work I made a lost wax of a tree branch and then cast it in bronze. It is used as a support to the road of life I fabricated out of plasma cut flat steel and welded old antique nails.  This is a fun technical process with lots of steps, but amazing results.

Don't try this without proper training  and safety procedures in place!!!

Namaste 

AL 

Please leave me some feedback and let me know if you have an idea for a new blog.  Will be back in the studio soon..

 




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