Bronzing is a process whereby a pre-existing sculpture is cast in bronze and can be customized using different patinas.
Limited Edition Bronzes are cast from molds.
Creating a scale model is the first step.
The original sculptures have typically been carved in alabaster, styrofoam or wax.
The scale model is then molded before being cast in bronze.
After the bronze has been poured and set,
the next step is to break open the mold.
Applying Bronze Patinas
Patinas can be customized by request, both in color and appearance.
Laminated Alabaster is a unique process that infuses the sculpture with different color gradients.
The process begins with raw imported Italian Alabaster boulders purchased from a local stone quarry.
The folks at the quarry then cut the boulders into slabs.
Back at the studio, I apply epoxy with colored pigments, then clamp the pieces to glue them together.
I may take them back to the quarry to be cut again at different angles, in which case the gluing process has to be repeated. The actual carving is done with electric grinders, hammer and chisel, stone rasps and sandpaper.
The last step in the process is the application of stone oil and paste polish.
SCULPTING WITH MS
Brian currently maintains full range of motion in his right hand. His left hand, which has less mobility, helps him maintain ballast as he works.
For studio work, Brian designed a harness, using a weight belt for stability, that enables him to put in long hours without having to depend on his legs to support him.
Before he had the harness, the only way for Brian to physically maintain an upright position was to lean against the table or a wall.