Descriptive information about materials used to create sculptural items for sculpturegallery.com
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 Cast Bronze Lost Wax Process
The sculptor creates the work of art in clay, or wax. A flexible mold is made, capturing every detail. A wax cast is made in the mold, then finished and covered with a shell from dipping in a ceramic slurry. Molten bronze is poured into the resulting shell, displacing the wax. The shell is then broken away and many hours of finishing labor are required to produce the finished work which may be colored with a chemical and heat process patina.

Bronze sculpture produced by lost wax method
 Bonded Marble or Cold Cast Marble
Both names apply to a similar material. In a process similar to casting bronze, a mold is created and cast with a cold mixture of marble dust and catalyzed resin which produces a dense, rock-hard material that is superior to natural marble for exterior exposure. Similar to cast bronze, much hand finish work by artisans is required to produce a quality piece of fine sculpture. Life size castings require complex equipment to cool the heat produced by the catalyzed resin. Cold Cast Limestone, Antique Lead, or Terra-cotta is created with a similar process but different colored mixture. Again, the result is a piece of sculpture that is excellent for exterior exposure to the weather.

Sculpture made from cold cast marble
  Lightweight Fiberglas
Techniques have been developed to produce copies of classic sculptural works of art from fiber-glass fiber and catalyzed resin. The end result is faithful reproduction of fine detail in a material that is extremely strong and weather resistant, yet at only a fraction of the weight of stone or synthetic stone. The Antique Stone Finish gives the appearance of carved marble at a fraction of the cost and freight cost. If you desire the weight and heft of stone, most of these pieces can be filled with sand when they are mounted. If you want classic art at affordable prices, this material deserves your thoughtful consideration.

 Bonded Bronze or Cold Cast Bronze
Following the same process as that above for bonded marble, the material cast is bronze powder mixed with a small amount of catalyzed resin. The resulting sculpture is essentially bronze, which has been cast using a "cold" or room temperature chemical bonding process. The finished work has the weight and appearance of solid bronze at a much lower cost.

Bonded Bronze Sculpture
 Durastone®
Durastone is a special formulation of crushed stone mixed in a slurry, hand cast and hand finished. Each sculpture is hand made, therefore no two pieces will be exactly the same. A wide array of finishes are used. Beautiful selections are available in this material at very affordable prices. Best for Interior display.

Sculpture cast from Durastone
 Sculpted Aluminum
There are some pieces available here that combine the beauty of finished Durastone® with components of hand cast aluminum which have been polished to a high shine. The result is striking!

Cast aluminum and Durastone sculputre
 Terra-cotta
Etymology: Italian terra cotta, literally, baked earth Date: 1722
A glazed or unglazed fired clay used especially for statuettes and vases and architectural purposes (as roofing, facing, and relief ornamentation)

Terra-cotta relief pannel
 Sculptured Marble
If what you want is hand carved Carrara marble, we can make your dream come true. We have skilled associates in Italy that can create a copy of a classic, or sculpt your monument to order from solid Carrara marble. E-mail us your particulars and we will go to work to see that you get what you want.
Classic Art, Funeral Art, Sacred Art, or Architectural carvings are available to meet your highest standards.

Sculpture carved from pure Carrara marble
 Soapstone
Soapstone is a "steatite," a precious form of soft stone which is highly valued as a carving medium. Colors vary depending upon mineral content and place of origin.

Sculptue carved from Soapstone