The course notes say that casting in metal is a “very time-consuming process which, as students at this level of study, is neither practical, appropriate or economical”. I am a believer that anything is possible and so saw this as a challenge rather than a barrier! The statement is certainly true if you don’t want to spend the total number of hours for the entire course on one stage, but otherwise it is actually possible to do. On the economics, bronze is an expensive material, but if you work small it needn’t be too expensive. The cost of the other materials is also quite high, although they will be sufficient to cast many more pieces. The really high cost is in time. In doing this, it has put me a long way back in progress toward completing my course, but hopefully I will be back on track from now on.
Heaps to learn and a very time consuming and technical process, but it was a great learning process and I will certainly be continuing with bronze casting in the future so it has stood me in good stead.
All the bronze works for this stage were worked on at the same time for project 7 and the assignment, due to the process being very involved and time consuming.
My experience at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and doing work experience at Castle Fine Arts Foundry stood me in good stead here, but the more I delved into this, the more I discovered that I needed to get/make. I even got into some serious tool construction in manufacturing a tool to pick up and pour the crucible:
I’m not going to go into the full description of the process, but here are some images of my backyard foundry in action:
As part of the casting, I produced 4 test tiles to try out different colour patination on. These looked like this: