Stunting Quality Bronze Casting
Interpretation In Bronze
Joan of Arc
by Etienne-Henri Dumaige
|We make a beautiful interpretation of Joan of
Arc modeled from the original by Etienne-Henri Dumaige. This is not a mass
produced piece from China. If you are new to eBay, know that over 50% of bronze
art on eBay is from China and upon further examination, from the same supplier
using a multitude of user names. These ads are very tricky and misleading so be
careful. When buying from us, you are dealing with artist
that do most of the work at our workshop in Tennessee. We do all of the patina
work, suffering over each piece knowing the quality is a reflection on us and
for you, an heirloom. A piece of art
should be as special for the maker as the buyer.|
19" tall x 8" wide x 6" deep
21 pound weight
The marble base is 8" x 7.5" x 1" thick.
Joan of Arc, born 1412, died 1431 at the young age of 19 years old. Also known as "the Maid of Orleans," was a 15th century Catholic Saint, and national heroine of France. A peasant girl born in Eastern France, Joan led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years" War, claiming divine guidance, and was indirectly responsible for the coronation of King Charles VII . She was captured by the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court and burned at the stake when she was only nineteen years old. Twenty-four years later, the Holy See reviewed the decision of the ecclesiastical court, found her innocent, and declared her a martyr . She was beatified in 1909 and later canonized in 1920.
Joan of Arc has remained an important figure throughout Western culture. From Napoleon to the present, French politicians of all leanings have invoked her memory. Major writers and composers who have created works about her include Shakespeare,Voltaire, Schiller, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Twain, and Shaw. Depictions of her continue in film, television, video games, song, and dance.
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How Is It Made ?
The "Lost Wax" Process
What gives bronze art value beyond that of a "souvenir" that ends up in a closet? There are many reasons including cost of materials (bronze, silicone for molds, tools, ovens, etc.) The main reason is there are very few people trained in the tedious process practiced by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Bronze sculpture is not easy to make and many time consuming, difficult steps are involved. In a world of hi-tech mass production, bronze casting remains essentially unchanged. Beware of "cold cast" or "bonded bronze", these are misleading names given to plastic figurines. Each of our genuine bronze castings is in reality an "original" and the following explains why. These are the basic steps involved in creating a bronze Sculpture using the classic "cire perdue" (lost wax) process:
• artist's original model
• silicone mold of the model
• create lost wax mold
• bronze casting
• clean mold from casting
• grind, rasp and file bronze
• assemble pieces by welding
• file and finish assembled piece
• application of patina
All bronze pieces are cast from a wax model regardless of the original material the model was sculpted. A silicone mold is made from the artist's finished piece, and a hollow wax cast is drawn from this mold. The wax is then repaired, re-worked and finished to the sculptor's specifications. Prior to creating a ceramic shell (explained below), vents are attached within the wax model. These vents are necessary in difficult areas where gas may accumulate such as hips, limbs, and neck. The vents allow the gas to escape when the molten bronze is poured and will prevent air pockets from forming and exploding the ceramic shell. The ceramic shell is one of the few materials the can withstand the heat of the molten metal.
When the wax cast is hardened and the vents are in place a ceramic shell is formed over the wax. This shell is made by dipping the wax into a slurry, coating it with sand, drying and repeating the process up to 14 times. A core consisting of plaster, ground brick and water is poured into the interior of the wax mold. After the ceramic shell and core have set, the mold is fired in an oven, the wax is melted and the ceramic shell is left intact. This process is known in French as "cire perdue" (lost wax). Molten bronze is now poured into the cavity left by the melted wax. When the bronze is cooled, the shell is chipped away using a hammer and chisel.
The bronze must now be repaired and finished. This step is called "chasing" and it is a difficult process because the metal is involved. Any imperfection such as air pockets of pits must be brazed with bronze rod, as in welding. All seams and spurs must be removed by grinding, rasping and, finally, sanding. The next step is to chase or hammer the vents from the mold using special tools. The natural bronze has a dull finish. after final finishing, a patina is applied which may be left matte of polished. Chemicals, pigments, heat, safety equipment and a lot of experience are involved. In addition, since bronze comes in a variety of alloys, the patina requires different chemicals and techniques.
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