The bust of Dr. Sansum is now at the foundry, being cast in bronze. Here are some images taken along the way.
Here are some photos of the final sculpt:
The foundry is about six hours away. So, I loaded it into my car before sunrise for the long drive.
Once at the foundry, we unloaded it and took it to the mold making room.
The clay bust is first covered in a flexible material. Then a plaster jacket is built around that. Once the mold is complete a wax version is poured.
Here’s the wax I returned to the foundry to review last week.
We’re moving on to metal now. There are a ton of really interesting projects in all stages at the foundry. Here are some other waxes by other artists waiting for approval.
After the wax is approved, it is covered in a wet, sticky mixture, then immediately dipped in a very fine silica. This is done repeatedly, until a very thick coating is achieved. The Sansum bust will be in this phase next week. These are pictures of another project in the works when I was there last week.
After the coating, this piece is heated, allowing the new mold to harden and the wax to run out. Once this new mold cools, bronze is poured in. I will be returning to the foundry once the bust reaches this stage. Meanwhile, here are some pics of the metal room at the foundry.
I’m looking forward to posting the metal stage in a few weeks. Then, the unveiling in February. The unveiling will take place at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum in February. I’ll post more about that as the time gets closer.
Thanks to everyone that joined us this year for the Peace Crane Project. For more information about what we’re up to, you can visit Armed with the Arts and the Peace Crane Project websites. We’ve loaded tons of images onto our flickr page, and many links to blogs and videos created by participants onto our Facebook page. I hope you will all join us again next year!
RT Nagar English School, Bangalore India join us in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace
It’s been a few weeks since I posted about sculpting Dr. Sansum. Here are some pics of the progress.
I’m sculpting in a wax based clay, to give me the freedom to work on it over a longer period of time. While water based clay is easier to manage in the early stages of sculpting, I tend to go with a clay that won’t dry out when I have a commission. This gives everyone as much time for input and consideration as they need, and allows me to not feel rushed. It feels more durable for the trip to the foundry, as well. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to materials. And, none of them is perfect. This is what works for me.
This project has been more challenging than most, attempting to match a photo of a sculpture created decades ago, then lost. I initially thought having this reference would make the sculpting easier. It turns out, without other views of the old sculpture, it’s quite an undertaking. I think I’m getting close tho, and it’s been an honor to take on this project.
I hope all of you on the journey with me are feeling good about my progress. If you will keep in mind it still is very much in development, you are welcome to visit my studio for a firsthand look, anytime. Just let me know.