The Technique of Making Brass Sculpture and its Importance in Art

 

Brass Sculptures have been made form time immemorial and even in ancient times, they adorned the palaces of royalty. In modern times, they are still made in that traditional method in most countries but technology has definitely played a part in making it better and providing it with greater finesse. Depending upon the intricacy of the work and the amount of metal used, the prices of brass artifacts can vary widely but they are not wholly out of reach of the common man. In fact, it is a ore or less affordable way of decorating a house and a good piece can also make for a great present.

  • In the traditional manner of making brass sculpture, the “Cire Perdue” or the lost wax method is mostly applied. This metal is an alloy of copper and zinc and they have to be mixed and heated proportionately till the melt and become one. For the statue, a wax model is first made and then clay, especially unfired clay is used to coat the wax model. Special attention should be given to making this model as this is what will resemble the final work.
  • After the clay coating is complete, it is held over the fire and the outside becomes burnt and hard. On the other hand, due to the heat, the wax inside melts and drips out, leaving the clay model hollow and empty. It is then ready for the final stage.
  • This is the time when the hot molten alloy of zinc and copper is poured inside the clay model. Once it is allowed to cool and the metal has hardened completely, the clay model is broken from the outside. Now this just leaves the finished statue and then it is up to the sculptor to provide any more finishing touches in terms of engraving or polishing. They are then mounted on a stand and the sculpture is complete.
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