Enjoy the creative process of Bronze sculptures. This is a journal of my personal experience making sculptures out of bronze. Many people are unfamilar with the process, it takes many steps and man hours to create such a piece. "Did you make that with your hands?!" Yes, that was a question I was asked. Growing up in an age of non-technology had its rewards, knowing how to use your hands.
The wooden butterful is now complete, it is very smooth which isn't what I want, so I added texture to the wood. I also needed to fill in the areas which were not solid with clay. The beginning steps are involved, the process is time consuming. Best to take your time and do all the corrections in the clay because once the piece is in wax it takes more steps to correct. If one waits till the piece is created in bronze to correct errors, that could take weeks to correct.
Once the design was approved, it was time to
create the clay mold. Having the grand idea of rolling out the clay, cutting
the design out, was the first thing that came to mind. I thought, "Just
like making cookies, how fast is that!" Wrong! Making something out of
clay without an armature leads to complete frustration. I made the clay
design in the middle of summer and the temperature inside my art studio was
eighty degrees, which caused the entire design to fall apart.
Plan “B”, open the design up and insert wire.
Nope, the design was not symmetrical after
cutting into the clay.
Plan “C”, create an entirely new butterfly out
of wire mesh, making the design with a “Sharpie” and cutting it out.
Nope, the mesh wasn’t fine enough and I cut my
hands several times on the wire because the gloves were too large to wear while
Plan “D”, don’t give up, keep thinking…
Wood ! Wood doesn’t bend and anything can be
used as a mold because silicone does not stick to anything!
Creating the body, measuring the thickness for the mold