use the lost wax method to make bronzes like the lamps and fountains
on this page. First a rubber mold is made from my original sculpture.
With the rubber mold I make a wax model for the next step, which is
preparing a high fire ceramic shell mold. The shell mold is cure fired
and dewaxed using 1500 degrees heat. Now with the shell mold completed
I can finally cast the bronze. I pour the molten bronze into the shell
where there was once a wax mold.
the metal has cooled the shell can be broken away to reveal the rough
cast which still needs cleaning and polishing. To make the intricately
shaped fountains below, I welded many smaller bronze castings together.
For the finishing touch I can color the metal with acids before mounting
on a base. Richard Mole