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Old 07-28-2022, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default Newest Project- Buffalo for bronze

Since it's been so hot recently, it has run me out of my shop so I decided to work on an inside project. I have this clay almost ready to be molded to go through the bronzing process. I enjoy each one of these more each time as I get more comfortable with the sculpting.

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Old 07-28-2022, 02:01 PM   #2
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Nice work!
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:04 PM   #3
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Looks awesome. Looking forward to finished product.
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:13 PM   #4
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Amazing skills.
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:15 PM   #5
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Very nice !
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:28 PM   #6
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Really nice work!
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:40 PM   #7
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Very nice!
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:53 PM   #8
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Cool!! Can't wait to see the finished bronze!!
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Old 07-28-2022, 03:38 PM   #9
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Very cool, and great work. Would be interested in seeing some of your completed items.
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Old 07-28-2022, 03:41 PM   #10
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Freaking awesome.
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Old 07-28-2022, 04:27 PM   #11
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Wow, that is good!
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Old 07-28-2022, 04:42 PM   #12
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Great work!
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Old 07-28-2022, 04:44 PM   #13
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My goodness that’s amazing. I envy folks with such skills
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Old 07-28-2022, 04:53 PM   #14
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Amazing.
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Old 07-28-2022, 05:07 PM   #15
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Looks great!
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Old 07-28-2022, 05:11 PM   #16
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If you are going to sell it, let us know. It looks awesome!
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Old 07-28-2022, 05:18 PM   #17
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That’s some crazy skills you’ve got there Mr. Buck Wild.
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Old 07-28-2022, 06:01 PM   #18
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That’s some crazy skills you’ve got there Mr. Buck Wild.
Great looking work Buck wild!

Hey Gumbo, Show him your dog drawing!
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Old 07-28-2022, 06:29 PM   #19
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That is some fantastic work! Look forward to seeing it finished.
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Old 07-28-2022, 07:41 PM   #20
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How does the bronze get applied?


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Old 07-28-2022, 07:43 PM   #21
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That is really cool…
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Old 07-28-2022, 08:12 PM   #22
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Very nice work !!
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Old 07-28-2022, 10:18 PM   #23
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Wondered the same thing myself.
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Old 07-28-2022, 11:07 PM   #24
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Amazing
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Old 07-28-2022, 11:09 PM   #25
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That's awesome
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Old 07-29-2022, 08:36 AM   #26
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That is amazing work. Not only looking forward to seeing this finished, but other work you've done.
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Old 07-29-2022, 08:42 AM   #27
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Very nice work sir.
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:00 AM   #28
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That's pretty dang good. What are the height and length dimensions of it?
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:02 AM   #29
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Great work Joe! Post up some pics after the bronzing process. Curious to see how it turns out.
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:14 AM   #30
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It's a funky process. The clay gets a flexible, silicone mold of it, which usually destroys the clay upon removal. A special melted wax in then poured into the mold. Depending on complexity of the item, they might need to make the mold in "pieces". If so, they heat the wax parts and put them back together into the original piece. You can still make a few alterations to the wax if needed, but I'm not very good doing that. Once Wax is done, it's dipped in a slurry of basically plaster and silica. They let dry and make several layers of dipping and drying until they have a thick shell around the wax. It goes into a furnace at 2K degrees or something very hot which melts the wax out and hardens the shell into a ceramic shell.
The molten bronze (brass and tin) is then poured into the harden shell. After cooling, the shell is broken off and around the bronze. The raw bronze is a shiny nickel color. Next, they use a Dremel and grinding etc to clean up the bronze as they add ports into the piece to vent the air out to avoid voids in the bronze pour. These now bronze tubes have to be cut off and the metal shaped back to what was under the port before it was added. Lastly, there are several different chemicals that are applied to the raw bronze to give it the "color". I believe they can create around 10 colors, but tend to stay with the old school bronze color.

I never realized how complicated it was when I started and now understand why bronzes are so expensive This process produces ONE bronze. The mold is good for multiple pours but to make another bronze you start all over again at the Wax phase.
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:16 AM   #31
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Very cool, and great work. Would be interested in seeing some of your completed items.
I've posted a few on here. I'll try to find them. This is only my 6th attempt at sculpting a bronze. I learn a little more each time. Next one I plan on doing will be more "artsy".
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:18 AM   #32
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I few more another thread.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=679568
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:30 AM   #33
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I few more another thread.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=679568

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Old 07-29-2022, 09:34 AM   #34
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thats amazing work! i can barely make an earthworm out of playdough
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:37 AM   #35
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Those are bad ***.
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:43 AM   #36
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thats amazing work! i can barely make an earthworm out of playdough
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:43 AM   #37
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WOW!!!

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Old 07-29-2022, 09:45 AM   #38
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thats amazing work! i can barely make an earthworm out of playdough
That's funny cuz that's how I started. I was at a family gathering a couple years ago and the kids had some playdough. I made them an elephant and crocodile. They were actually pretty good and it gave me the inspiration to give it a try. I already had more than average insight into animal anatomy from doing taxidermy. It was a nature progression and sculpting has actually made my taxidermy better.
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:52 AM   #39
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Nice work, always wanted to try this but have never found the time.
Do you do your own casting?
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Old 07-29-2022, 10:24 AM   #40
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Very cool. Look forward to seeing the Bronze when completed.

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Old 07-29-2022, 10:31 AM   #41
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Nice work, always wanted to try this but have never found the time.
Do you do your own casting?
I do not. I turn everything in the process over to the local foundry at this phase. They do all the mold making and casting. I do own my molds for future castings if I so desire.
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Old 07-29-2022, 11:21 AM   #42
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Those are awesome! Outstanding work sir!
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Old 07-29-2022, 01:29 PM   #43
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You have some talent! Very nice sculpture!
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Old 07-29-2022, 01:37 PM   #44
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Wow! Incredible work.
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Old 07-29-2022, 01:41 PM   #45
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Very cool!

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Old 07-29-2022, 05:11 PM   #46
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Dang, that's nice.....!!

I'll start the bidding, at $10.00
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Old 07-29-2022, 10:55 PM   #47
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Dang, that's nice.....!!

I'll start the bidding, at $10.00
That might cover the costs of the clay
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Old 07-29-2022, 10:56 PM   #48
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That’s for all the encouraging words. Gives me the inspiration to keep at it !
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Old 07-29-2022, 11:19 PM   #49
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Impressive!
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Old 07-30-2022, 07:11 AM   #50
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Wht an amazing God given talent! Those are awesome! I’d like to see a striking diamond back.
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