Bronze statues are not animated in the same way as marble statues are. Instead of cutting a block or marble, the bronze artist use the lost-wax process to build a sequence of molds, after which molten bronze is poured into the final mold to create the sculpture. This technique has been used since 4500 BCE. The word "bronze" comes from the Greek broussa (μπροστάς), meaning "next to the door" or "outside".
The metal is first melted in a furnace to a liquid state. It is then poured into forms shaped like the statue to be created. The forms are called "moldings" and they are usually made of wood or plaster. The moldings are placed inside a large oven called a "cauldron". The cauldron is very similar to a modern-day copper pot except that it can hold more than one molding at a time. The entire assembly is called a "censer".
When the cauldron is hot enough, the bronzesmith throws in some additives to the metal to change its color. These additives include clay, sand, and various types of stone. The materials are chosen based on what kind of effect they want to achieve with their bronzes. For example, if the bronzesmith wants his or her piece to appear rough and weathered, he or she will add lots of clay to the metal before casting it.
Casting is the method used to create bronze statues. Pouring the molten metal into a suitable mould and allowing it to cool and solidify is the process. We'll go over the process of making a bronze sculpture in greater depth below. Making the mould: Once the sculptor is satisfied with the design, a silicone rubber mould of the artwork is created. This mould will be used to produce multiple copies of the statue. The mold is placed in a heated chamber where the plastic material inside the mold melts due to heat from electrical coils. When the plastic material cools down it forms a perfect copy of the original sculpture.
Next, the sculptor takes the mold to a foundry where the first step is to clean and prepare the mold for use. If needed, the mold may be coated with a thin layer of lubricant. The sculptor then pours a quantity of molten bronze into the mold. Molten bronze is poured in until the cavity of the mold is almost full, then more liquid bronze is added to fill any gaps between pieces of the sculpture. As the bronze cools and hardens, it's removed from the mold. The finished piece is then annealed to soften the bronze for finishing touches.
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A bronze sculpture is created using the casting technique, which involves pouring molten metal into a mold and allowing it to harden. Casting is a distinct method from the chiselling and carving connected with marble sculpture or the modeling associated with ceramics, yet it achieves the same results. The term "bronze" comes from the Latin word for "brass," because this was one of the most common types of metal used in ancient times.
In modern times, metal sculpture can be either cold-cast or hot-cast. With cold-casting, metal powder is mixed with a binder (such as wax or oil) and molded into shape under pressure. The piece is then heated to remove the binder and turn it into a solid mass. Hot-casting is similar to cold-casting except that the metal powder is melted and cast into shape instead.
The artist may also choose to use some type of wire or rod to create a structure before melting it down and recasting, thus creating a functional piece of art. This type of sculpture is known as fusible metal sculpture because the material used is capable of melting down and re-forming itself into another object once heat is applied. Wire can be used alone or in combination with other materials such as wood, plaster, or ceramic pieces.
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