The sculpture process

The main focus of the class sessions is on how to build a three dimensional form over a support frame or armature in mediums such as modeling clay, wax or plaster. Once the original is finished you have the option of having your work molded and cast in bronze, resins, glass, plaster or other mediums.

Although there is a host of mediums from which to create a sculpture, there are two general approaches — either the work is created and finished in a medium such as stone, wood or steel, or it is made from one material, such as modeling clay or wax, then molded and cast in another medium such as bronze, resin or glass.

Silicone rubber is used to create a flexible “master mold” from the original and from this master mold several mediums are available from which to cast an exact reproduction of your original work.

You can choose to reproduce your original using low cost mediums such as plaster, acrylic resins through to polyurethane resins or more complicated and higher cost options such as bronze or other metals, through to cast glass. Once you have the silicone rubber master mould you can use it many times to reproduce copies of your original in any of the above mediums.

Want a sculpture moulded or bronzed? Visit Artisan Bronze Sculpture Casting.

Once you have learned some fundamental skills and techniques, the possibilities are endless. As with anything else, it's then just a matter of practice and building on your skills.