The erotic candlesticks can be had made-to-order and according to three crafting techniques:
- hot-cast from molten bronze, or
- cold-cast in a mix of bronze powder bonded into a resin core (bonded bronze), or
- cold-cast by applying a coat of acrylic paste infused with powdered bronze over resin core (bronze-coated).
Hot Casting in Bronze
True bronze sculptures are typically hot-cast at foundries like ArtWorks Foundry in Berkeley, California. Rather expensive, we are not offering the candlesticks in hot-cast bronze at this time.
Artworks Foundry is world-renowned for creating bronze castings using the “Lost Wax” method. Using this method, artists and craftsmen reproduce any artwork in bronze, honoring the integrity of the originals.
The term ‘Lost Wax method’ describes the following process:
- create a mold of the original model;
- cast a replica in wax;
- embed the wax replica in a resilient ceramic shell;
- heat the shell to 1,700° F to melt out the wax – here is where the process derives its name;
- finally, pour molten bronze into the resulting empty cavity;
- liberate the cooled bronze;
- apply patina and/or wax to protect the artwork.
In the past, the bronze candlestick holders had been cast at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, California. All limited edition sculptures of the bronze candlesticks have been sold out a long time ago.
Bonded Bronze CastingCreating bonded bronze (cold-cast) reproductions of the candlesticks does not involve molten bronze and is done by an artisan in our studio.
Bonded bronze (also known as “cold-cast bronze”) is modern technique of casting sculptures in which the casting material is a resin mixed with sufficient amounts of powdered bronze to give the sculpture the look and feel of solid metal.
Bronze-coatingSimilar to bonded bronze casting, a resin core is at the foundation of the piece.
The resin core is coated with sufficient amounts of powdered bronze to give the sculpture the look and feel of solid metal. The coating we apply is a natural blend of a durable, non-hazardous acrylic binder with plenty of fine bronze powder sheered in.
The bronze-coating process is a tad less involved than the bonded bronze process, and therefore a little less expensive.
Have mold, will cast
Well, we only had the original urethane master molds because Harriet had sold all limited edition bronzes as well as the master bronzes for around 4K a set long ago. The whereabouts of the master plasters are unknown. So, we engaged Eric Haggin, a professional Bay Area sculptor and body caster, to create new plaster models from these old molds. Eric can be reached at www.Instagram.com/EricTheSculptor.
These new plaster models showed alignment issues because the old molds were a bit worn out and very difficult to work with for Eric. Some TLC over several month helped to shape the new plaster models into acceptable forms.Mold-making is an art in itself. We engaged Abina Cronin, a professional Bay Area mold maker, to create new silicon molds off of the new model plasters. Unfortunately, Abina does not have a website, else we would gladly insert a referral link here.
Still intricate processes, the bonded bronze and the bronze-coating method produce excellent artistic value at reduced costs. For all intended purposes, both bronzing methods deliver on their promise to make sculptured art accessible to ordinary people.