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The Style of Crafting Delicate Statues in Bronze

Jun 26, 2008
Bronze sculpture is a form reaching far back into several ancient and sophisticated civilizations. A few more of the Roman bronze art works have survived over the Greek's "bronze". By 1200 c., the Chinese civilization practiced the methods of Lost-wax casting and section mold casting. Working with bronze takes a highly skilled artesian. There are several different methods of bronze casting.

One of the most ancient methods is the Lost-wax or investment casting method. The Lost-wax method is the method used by the Roman civilization to create bronze gods and leaders. The next step is to make a wax mold from the production mold.

Bronze sculpture is a form reaching far back into several ancient and sophisticated civilizations. Some of the earliest bronze works of art were mastered by the Greeks, Chinese, Romans and Egyptians. Each of the these ancient cultures contributed their own part to molding the variations of bronze sculpting. Life size bronze sculptures were first created by the Greeks, but few have survived through time. A few more of the Roman bronze art works have survived over the Greek's "bronze". By 1200 c., the Chinese civilization practiced the methods of Lost-wax casting and section mold casting. Mass production of bronze art works was began by the Egyptian civilization, leaving behind many small Lost-wax figurines to be enjoyed for many centuries beyond their own.

Working with bronze takes a highly skilled artesian. Bronze can be caste solid, hammered, carved and be created in incised forms. Many of the the classic depictions of bronze sculptures are of wild life, human formations, historic events and time period pieces. There are several different methods of bronze casting.

One of the most ancient methods is the Lost-wax or investment casting method. The Lost-wax method is known to date all the way back 4000 years ago. Although this method was used by every ancient culture that worked with bronze, and it was the Greek who perfected the technical proficiency of the Lost-wax casting method. The Lost-wax method is the method used by the Roman civilization to create bronze gods and leaders. The word Roma was derived from the Roman era and is used to describe how pieces of a bronze sculpture fits together.

The Lost-wax method is a process done by steps starting with a mold being made from a clay pattern. A plaster master is almost always made for preserving the artwork. The next step is to make a wax mold from the production mold. If it is a mold of large stature, it will then be hollow and need a core. The hot wax will be poured in to thinly coat the inner mold. After cooling the mold will be separated to only leave the wax formation. The wax is covered with slurry plaster, then heated and the wax is removed. This void of the mold is were the heated bronze is poured into. When cooled down, the slurry and core are broken to leave the bronze sculpture. It will then be buffed by hand for smooth finish.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Bronze Sculpture to Silver Art and Kashmir Carpet.
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