This week we posted a new UTube video showing many of the steps in the very lengthy lost wax process of casting the bronze vessel titled Gratitude. The video shows a simplification of the process while touching on most of the essential steps in this lengthy process. It typically takes between 8 and 12 weeks for one piece to move entirely through this process. It is interesting to note that if a mistake is made during ANY of the many steps, it can quickly demand an entirely new casting – beginning with the pouring of a new wax positive form. For EACH vessel cast, a new wax must be both poured and thoroughly cleaned (technically “dressed”) including, for my particular work, the exterior, the interior and ALL the many vast cut out areas in between. Most bronze sculptures do not have a visible interior, dramatically decreasing the necessary time to thoroughly clean the wax. While the Gratitude vessel limited edition sold out many years ago, two Artist Proofs still remain available for purchase, and a second, more recent vessel featuring the California Poppy, Remembering Gratitude, is still an open edition and available for immediate purchase.
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Similar videos are available on UTube highlighting Seeds of Harmony, Celestial Joy, Trillium, and Womb of Life.