THE IDEA - First, the artist "sketches" the idea into a small representation
in clay. If the piece is being done on commission, the client will then consult
with the artist to make sure she is on the right track. Once the general idea
is approved, a larger and more detailed model is produced, often quarter scale.
SIZE CLAY - The artist then models a full-size version of the piece in clay, using
an "armature", or framework, to support the clay. The client is brought
in for a consultation and approval.
AND PLASTIC MOLDS - Two-part rubber molds are then made of the piece. A thick
plaster "mother mold" is made over the rubber to support it when the
waxes are made.
IMPRESSION - An exact wax impression is then made in the rubber molds, the thickness
of the wax being about 1/4" to 3/8". The poured bronze will be the same
thickness. Thus, the completed bronze will be hollow, like a chocolate Easter