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Bronze sculptures

Carré d'artistes presents a wide selection of bronze statues. Bronze sculptures are works of art resulting from an alloy of copper and tin which are meticulously worked using traditional techniques. If you want to acquire a unique and original sculpture, bronze is one of the most highly resistant metals available and will resist the ravages of time while keeping all its freshness. For the sculptor, using bronze for creating masterpieces represents the assurance of lasting creations. The secrets of making a bronze sculpture A fragile, but essential model Before admiring a bronze cast in the final state as offered in our catalogue, it all starts with a basic model. Generally made of clay, this is the model of the bronze work that the artist wishes to achieve. This model will then be moulded in plaster before being then satin-finished. Casting This is the stage in which the artist collaborates with a foundry. The foundry will be responsible for casting the molten bronze (heated to 1300 °C) by gravity in a refractory mould, its wax being removed at the time of its firing. The molten metal is then poured into crucibles to be poured into the mould. Pouring can only be done once the slag that forms on the surface has been removed. However, on most bronze sculptures, casting is done with wax. Just like hot chocolate is poured into a cake mould, the wax is poured into an elastomer mould. Piping components are delicately introduced into the wax during moulding, which will later be used to unmould the final result. Coating and melting the wax In bronze art, the coating is the phase which consists of shaping and conditioning the paste which will then be introduced into the oven in order to give birth to the final mould which the artist will use for his work. To make this paste, the wax is poured into a cylinder and then coated in a refractory paste. It is the latter which will eventually be put in the oven. Before having the finished and solid work in front of you, the metal is melted previously during moulding. Then at the casting stage, the mould is inserted into a molten furnace in order to burn the wax out. It is only once it is burned away that the wax can be lost from the mould, thanks to the sprue system introduced during the moulding. Bronze chasing Bronze chasing is one of the crafts of bronze art that requires a particular expertise, skill and concentration that only a professional can demonstrate. It is during this phase that the bronze figurine will be polished and refined down to the smallest details. Patina Patina is the last step in the making of a bronze statue. This is the stage that allows the artist to give a specific appearance and colours to bronze sculptures. The patina process is usually unique to each artist and involves applying different products, hot and diluted with water. The combinations are innumerable – for example: • sulphur dioxide makes it possible to obtain a dark brown colour • iron oxide results in a red colour • green is reproduced thanks to copper nitrate • blue thanks to welding • reddish brown thanks to iron nitrate • and white thanks to zinc oxide. At Carré d'artistes, discover bronze sculptures by contemporary artists offering unique and expressive works. And if your choice is a bronze piece, you should know that in addition to being extremely resistant, bronze statues complement a multitude of interior decorating styles.

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