Hi all, I attend Tafe part-time and have some fabulous subjects this term!
One of which is Bronze Sculpture.Finally almost finished!
The brief was to sculpt a small body part, from which I have deviated to sculpt an entire body.
First step was sculpt in clay.
I didnt take any pics of my clay model and had to tear her apart to get her out of the mould, but imagine this figure in white clay if you can,
Next make a plaster mould.
My model was simple enough to do a two peice mold.
Here is the mould with some brown clay patches, I had some air bubbles. Also there is a rusty line where part of the armature was.
Once I was happy with how the mould was, it was held together with a thick elastic band leaving enough space to pour wax into the mould. I chose to use the soles of her feet for this.
Then the mould is left to soak in a bucket for a while.
Then wax was poured into the mould, allowed to cool by another soaking in a bath, then the mould was opened.
She does not have a tail, thats the mould of part of the armiture
She was a little tricky to get out of the mould and a piece of her hip was sliced off, some scratches from an undercut on the mould, and her face looked like she was really angry and wearing a mask.
Once she was cleaned up a little with a wax knife she started to look a little better.
Next Monday, I will be able to clean her up fully with a wax knife and a bunsen burner.
Theres still quite a few stages to go so will add pics as I go along.
If this is in the wrong spot I can move it.
Hope you find it as interesting as I do!
I have a ton of pics to add
Next step was to attach a wax pouring cup, a sprue and give her a coat with shellac.
make a frame from wire and cardboard
lined up ready to go