Look At Me (Versions 1 & 2)
Origination Date: February, 2015
Dimensions: 12 X 16 X 6 ½”
Limited Edition of 15
Thus far I created all my sculptures in Arizona, but actually we are dividing our time almost evenly between Switzerland and Arizona. So for a change I tried to have a sculpture cast in Switzerland, but was disappointed with quality of the casting and the patina (Version 1). So I packed up the original of “Look At Me”, took it with me to Arizona, reworked it some and had it cast in Prescott again (Version 2).
The Making of the Bronze Sculpture “Look At Me”
- Decide what your sculpture should be.
- Create an armature, either by creating a wire skeleton, which you mount directly, or “hang it up” on a device mounted on the wooden board.
- Start adding oil-based clay and complete your sculpture. Once you are happy with it create the base on which it stands, identify it and decide how many copies you like to have made. This is engraved into the base of the original.
- The original is then taken to a specialist to create the mould of it. The clay sculpture may have to be divided into several parts, dependent upon its complexity.
- From the mould(s) wax copies are generated, they need to be inspected for potential air bubbles or deficiencies and if needed corrected.
- The waxes are then taken to a foundry, where they are cast using the “lost wax” technique (for the exact technique see Wikipedia.com). If a sculpture consists of several parts, they are then welded together and the welding scars ground down by specialist in the foundry.
- Most artists have the foundry, where patina specialists are available, finish the sculpture according to their specifications. I prefer to create the patina myself with the help of André Schwab, a Swiss native, who studied the art of creating patinas for his own sculptures. We do this work at Loren Phippen’s* place in Scottsdale.
* Loren is the son of the late George Phippen, who was one of the founders of the “Cowboy Artists of America.”