Offering perhaps one of the largest collections of fine bronze art on the web today, we are proud to present our gallery of high quality bronze art and home decor. With more than 20 distinct categories of bronze decor to choose from, ranging from our timeless bronze statues and bronze fountains to our exquisitely detailed urns and vases, we are confident that you will find exactly what you've been looking for to bring that final touch of elegance to your project.
We at EK Decor provide only top of the line bronze products and we believe it is imperative for our buyers to understand how our bronze sculptures are made. All our bronze sculptures are hand made by experienced artisans and craftsmen. Our craftsmen use the lost wax casting process, which is the original and most authentic method of creating bronze statues.
Step 1: Initial Sculpting
An artisan or craftsman must create his or her own original piece of artwork from wood, stone, clay, plaster, wax, or other material.
Step 2: The Molding Process
The initial step into the lost wax casting process begins as a rubber mold is created from the original piece of artwork designed in Step 1.
Step 3: Waxing
Wax is then melted to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into the rubber mold. The wax is then "slushed" or "swished" around inside to evenly coat the mold.
Step 4: Wax Chasing
The wax is then "Chased", which is a multiple step process. The wax pieces must first be joined together. The craftsmen then must remove the seams and repair any irregularities or imperfections using specialized heated tools or soldering irons. Finally, the wax is ready to advance to the "Spruing" or "Gating" process.
Step 5: Spruing
Thin wax sticks called "Vents" and thicker wax sticks called "Gates" are then attached to the wax copy. The sprues or gates will soon provide a pathway for the molten bronze to flow and air to escape.
Step 6: Investing
The investment step allows for a hard shell to be produced around the current wax sculpture. The "Ceramic Shell" technique is utilized, which involves dipping a "sprued" wax copy into a slurry, followed by a pool of sand. The ceramic shell technique produces a thin wall of crystalline silica around the wax.
Step 7: Pouring
Bronze is now melted in a kiln at about 1600 degrees farenheight, and then poured into the shell.
Step 8: The Release
Now we must remove the investment from the metal. The shell is hammered until the rough bronze is finally released. The sprues must also be removed before moving onto the next step.
Step 9: Metal-Chasing
Now all that is left is to work the bronze until the fine investment is removed from the bronze. The sculptures should now look like the original artwork.
Step 10: Patina
This process allows the artist to enhance the bronze by chemically applying color to the sculpture. All that is left is to place a final coat of clear wax around the bronze in order to enhance and preserve the completed design.