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From Studio to Foundry: Preparation for Casting : Preparation for Casting - Jan Sweeney

From Studio to Foundry: Preparation for Casting

Preparation for Casting

Paperback Published: 27th February 2014
ISBN: 9781408156650
Number Of Pages: 128

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The ancient art of casting in bronze can seem a mysterious and intimidating process to the ceramic artist. In From Studio to Foundry: Preparation for Casting, wildlife sculptor Jan Sweeney demystifies the practice and offers two fantastic projects that will enable the artist to prepare their work for casting at a foundry. This helps to reduce the costs of working in this durable material, as well as offering an insight into the techniques involved.

Beginning with a broad overview of the casting process, and the tools and materials the sculptor needs to prepare their work for a foundry, the book goes on to introduce two exciting projects for bronze casting. The detailed, step-by-step images guide the reader through the process of creating a clay sculpture to be cast in solid bronze, from building the form to making a rubber mould and plaster jacket, pouring and fettling the wax model, and finally delivering it to the foundry. The process for producing a hollow bronze sculpture is then covered in equally instructive detail. The projects enable the reader to not only produce an amazing piece for casting, but to learn and fully understand the process from start to finish. It also includes information on key things to look for and ask when choosing your foundry.

This much-needed handbook is the essential reference for any artist wishing to produce their work in bronze.

Industry Reviews

This book is as much about the ceramic process of mould making as it is about metal casting, and as such will give anyone interested in making sculptures a very good insight. [...] So if you want a new challenge this is the book for you. -- Billy Byles * Aylesford Pottery Book Review *

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1: Preparation & Getting Started 1 Introduction 2 Why cast a bronze? 3 Things to consider first 4 Working with hollow originals 5 Tools, equipment and materials 6 How the process works - a simplified overview Part 2: Creating a Solid Bronze Form - the Foal 1 Introduction 2 Making your original sculpture 3 Making the mould 4 Pouring the wax 5 At the foundry Part 3: Creating a Hollow Bronze Form - the Hare 1 Introduction 2 Making your original sculpture 3 Making the mould 4 Pouring the wax 5 At the foundry Common Problems and Remedies Gallery of Sculptures Cast in Bronze by Other Artists Caring for Your Bronzes and the Moulds List of Suppliers List of Foundries Glossary Index

ISBN: 9781408156650
ISBN-10: 1408156652
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 27th February 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 22.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1

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