Bronze Art Casting Process Step 1: Artwork Our staff artisans will study or create the sculpture and make a determination on how the sculpture will be sectioned or "laid up" for mold making .
Each casting, even those in an edition, is a one of a kind, handcrafted work of art, created by highly trained artists and craftsmen. This, combined with the many hours of work involved in creating a sculpture, is why bronze sculpture can be expensive.
The bronze ingots (bronze bars) are heated to liquid. The ceramic mold is then filled with molten bronze (bronze is an alloy of 85% copper, 5% lead, 5% tin and 5% zinc). The price of bronze statues is based on all the labor and the price of mostly copper and all the sophisticated materials.
The "lost-wax" process explained above is primarily used for casting sculptures in bronze. Other options, however, for casting sculpture include bonded bronze, bonded marble, and pewter.
Bronze is the most popular metal for cast metal sculptures; a cast bronze sculpture is often called simply a "bronze". It can be used for statues, singly or in groups, reliefs, and small statuettes and figurines, as well as bronze elements to be fitted to other objects such as furniture.
Lost-wax casting (also called "investment casting", "precision casting", or cire perdue which has been adopted into English from the French) is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. Intricate works can be achieved by this method.