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 pieces are complete, time to assemble them in a way that can give
the welders an idea on how to put the pieces together. I have learned to draw
everything out, explain everything over and over again. Remember one person’s
yellow is another person’s Cadmium Yellow Light, same with sculpture, draw out
the design so everyone gets the “picture” of what you want.
That being said, I took cardboard, wire, paper, glue and a pie tin
with Duct tape to create a very rough 3D image of the sculpture. It give me a
visual guide, to see if I am on track. It gives the foundry an idea on how I
would like the project to look. Which is turn, gives the people that are doing
the welding ideas to help me improve the position of all the parts.
Word of caution; when presenting a quote, you better be darn sure
you are giving an estimate and let the client know. I am grateful my client gave me full range to create. I had
this beautiful butterfly “Hanging in mid-air”, what to do, but create a flower!
This is where the term OMG really fits.
The designs of Art Nouveau came to mind. I love the lines and curves, the flower will have the feeling of movement. The butterfly will be sitting upon the a pedal, yes we add legs and antenna into the quote.
The flower has large and small pedals, three each along with the
base being three additional pedals. Next is the stem, three pieces designed to be welded together.
What does all this mean?
I went way over budget! Thirteen pieces over, that is intense
labor! Thank goodness my client was very understanding, and it taught me a big lesson. It’s a very special gift and he
loved the idea. I was lucky. I could have just given a bud for the butterfly to