Bronze Pour

This post follows the process of three days: Saturday’s investing the 1/2 life size wax sculptures into tubes plastered to the floor with a mixture of plaster & sand & water, then loading them into a large kiln for burnout of the wax, prepping the sandpit, then a gap in the action while the big molds come to temperature and cool incremetally back down (46 hour burn); Monday we unload the molds while they are still around 500 degrees and bury them in the sandpit, fire up the foundry and begin melting bronze including two arms and a leg (but not the legs/torso!), and pour molten bronze into the mold (the largest form had a flaming jet, but the smaller form poured perfectly: we’ll see how it all turns out tommorrow when I dig them out of the pit and break away the molds.

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