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     The sculptures featured below are one of a kind, museum-quality sculptures that I have done.  Some of these have already been sold, but they will give you an idea of my work, if you wish to commission a sculpture.  Unfortunately I cannot do bronze sculpture simply for the fun of it, since my accident.  However if you wish to commission a piece that is within my ability, I will do it.  I do have to send them to be finished elsewhere, which raises the price.  But that is all covered under the commissions tab to the left if you are interested.  Please contact me for information regarding the prices of sculptures for sale below.

What is Bronze?

     Bronze is a unique mixture of copper and tin, a precious metal: gold, silver, bronze.  It is a beautiful material with amazing qualities.  It must be melted in extremely hot temperatures, so hot, in fact, that if a bead of sweat accidentally drops into the melting pot, it will expand so quickly that it will explode with enough force to take out a ceiling.  I have personally seen the aftermath of such an occurrence!  Bronze will make a beautiful ringing noise if it is hit with a hammer.  It is a classic heavy metal, favored by sculptors through the centuries.  I have seen too many fake bronzes sold over the years, but they are relatively easy to pick out.  Fake bronze is really a resin with bronze dust, a weak material.  They would not stand to the ringing of a hammer, and they are light in weight.  Cheap.

     My pieces are all created using the lost wax process, a simple and ancient process filled with old earth magic, used since the Bronze Age.  First, the sculpture is carved into wax.  It is the one and only original, and it will be destroyed.  To the wax we add vents and spouts before covering the lot with a fine sticky dirt, creating the mold.  The piece is put into a kiln and heated, which melts the wax out of the hardened mold, leaving a cavity.  We then place the mold in a sand pit with the spouts and vents facing up, packing sand around the sculpture to support it while we pour in the bronze. 

     The bronze is melted in extreme temperatures, bringing the metal to a beautiful pink color, swirled with touches of blue in a molten sunburst of orange.  It is truly breathtaking, and it amazes me that people could figure out how to make something that hot right out of the Stone Age.  It is absolutely mind blowing.  The people that are to pour this molten sunset are covered in aphesis from head to toe in order to protect them from the heat.  This solid form of aphesis does not cause health problems and is absolutely necessary to the foundry workers who must maintain the hot temperatures as they pour the liquid metal into the void of the mold.  As the bronze cools within the mold it hardens back into a solid, losing its brilliant color.

     The sculpture must then be broken from its mold: the shell is broken off and what remains, hopefully, is a replica of the wax sculpture that is now in bronze, plus the spouts and vents.  The latter are removed, sawn off and re-melted for the next sculpture.  The piece is then shaped and any bubbles or deformities must be taken off or shaped into the desired form.  This process is called chasing.    Once the piece is satisfactory in shape, we can add the color.  We do this with a chemical reaction called “patina”.  There are thousands of different patinas that have evolved over the years, one of the most common called Liver of Sulfur, the most commonly known Bronze color.  Patina is a living chemical reaction to the surface of the metal.  If a stopping agent is not applied to the surface of the bronze, this reaction will continue.  I have had pieces continue to change color even after I seal the patina.  I’ll sandblast it off and polish it again, only to find it having changed color once more.  This is not common, but the results are always unique and beautiful.  And then there are certain agents used to get colors such as white that are so dangerous you must be licensed to use it.  So what I and most people have done is to experiment with different ways of obtaining the desired color.

     To recreate a piece, we must recreate the mold.  A sprue (type of spout) is added to the desired sculpture and then painted with many coats of a very fine and flexible rubber.  A solid mother mold is coated on top of that and holds the rubber in place while the original is removed, creating a cavity.  The cavity is filled with liquid wax, which, upon hardening, is removed and cleaned up.  Unwanted bubbles and deformities are taken off as well as the sprue.  Then we are ready to begin again with the lost wax process.  Each piece is hand done in this fashion, and so even replicas of the same mold will have little differences making it unique.  I have done this entire process from beginning to end and have found it to be a wonderful experience, although now I use a professional foundry to cast my wax sculptures.

     When I was doing a portrait of a Ladies horse, he ripped off his nose flap on a bridle hook.  She actually had me cut off the nose flap of the horse's sculpture so it would match her real horse.  When I do a portrait of someone's beloved horse, I must have contact and many discussions about the real horse and the sculpture.  This makes the horse look better to the owner.  This is done because I don't know the horse as well as the owner and the pictures of the horse might not show the beauty that the owner sees in the horse.  For instance...  I might see the horse's picture when he is fat but the owner remembers that the horse looks best when he was shown, or I might see that the horse has a little roman nose but the owner can't see that and does not think of that when they picture the horse.  It has to be a good connection between the two of us to get the horse to the point where the owner is happy.  I start off by asking the owner think about what they envision when they think of the horse, and what they would think of five or ten years down the line.  This gives me a poise for the sculpture.  Breed is important as well, sometime someone's horse does not meet the breed specifications,  this has to be discussed if you want it to look more like the individual or the perfect horse.  I want you to be happy because this thing will survive thru the generations and it must be right.  I want someone's grandchildren to be able to give this horse to their kids and say this was my sweet Grands horse, it was so pretty.  

     I love doing Bronzes, I miss it terribly since my accident.  Most of my pieces are one of a kind, no mold can be taken off of them.  I will do commissions of someone's horse but I do have to have some one else do the clean up.  A small commission portrait bronze Sculpture will start at $4,000.  I take my portraits  My Bronzes are museum quality and done with the lost wax process, and they are beautiful.  I have to pay people to finish them and it is expensive to get anyone let alone one of any meditate.  I feel so sorry I don't like things to be that high but it just has to be.  Now that the sad stuff is out of the way I do have lovely one of a kind pieces.  Even my limited editions are one of a kind.  My Bronzes start at $1,000 and all of my horse are done with love. 

     Click on a picture to view a larger scale of the same picture.

Dancing With Joy

   
   

Dances With Horses

   
   

Running In The Wind

   
   

Arabian Grace Off

   
     

Andalusian Pride

   
   
     

Big Sculpture

     This was a Commission and it was the biggest horse that I had ever done in bronze and  it was beautiful.  This horse was 16 inches tall and almost 32 long and it weighed 35 pounds and it was hollow.  It stood on a Bronze mirrored  finished base and that was on a beautiful piece of stunning walnut. The hooves reflected on the Bronze showing the detail to the under hoof, the Frog.  The tail dripped off of the Mirrored base onto the walnut base.  This was a one of a kind beauty.
     

     Here is what it looked like before it was cast.  There are two tones of wax the red has a little more bees wax then the brown, which is called Victory Brown Wax.  This wax was hollow so the Bronze could be pored hollow.  The wax was cut in half and cast as the head and the rear of the horse.  The two Bronze haves were then welded together, and then Hooves were welded from underneath onto the base.  I pride myself on getting my horses as realistic as possible.  Everything is there.  I have done portraits of horses in Bronze and the Sculpture must be an artistic rendering of the real thing making it appear as a miniature real horse.

   

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