|History of Bronze|
primarily of copper and tin, is the oldest alloy known to man. The
earliest documented use of bronze occurred in 3500 B.C. by the
Mesopotamians. Our early predecessors needed to shape functional
items that would be hard and durable. Another reason for its favor,
which exists even today, is bronze resists corrosion and naturally
weathers to a beautiful brown or green color referred
as its patina.
As the protective patina forms, bronze corrodes very slowly making it virtually Timeless. "The Lost Wax Process" is the production technique used to create these quality objects D'Art. It is an art in itself, as old as the alloy it utilizes. Once the design is ready, a negative mold is made. The mold is brushed with layer after layer of melted wax to the desired thickness of the final bronze, after which it is filled with a heat-resistant mixture to stabilize it. Wax tubes are fitted by the artists to the outside of the shell, which become ducts for pouring the bronze during the actual casting. Metal pins are hammered through the shell to secure it. At this stage, the exterior of wax is completely covered with heat resistant plaster and the piece is then placed in large ovens. During the heating process the plaster dries, and the wax runs out, the molten bronze is poured through the ducts filling the void left by the removed wax. After cooling, the plaster shell is smashed away and - The Bronze is Cast!