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From design to casting

The creation of a bronze artwork is a series of meticulous stages:

The artist creates a design and then a model sculpted in resin or plaster, from which the bronze caster will cast a production mould. This master, reworked by the chaser to highlight the details, will then serve for the final casts using the sand-casting or lost-wax process.

 

Stages in the bronze transformation process

The raw foundry piece then begins a long transformation process. It is trimmed, refined, turned. The chaser then sculpts motifs using high-precision tools whose very names conjure up a great tradition of craftsmanship: scratch-awls, rifflers, files and chasing tools. The chaser brings the object to life. The bronze is tapped and threaded before assembly. It can then be finished with 24-carat fine gold, silver, pewter or nickel in a mat, bright or antiqued finish, playing on the reflections of light. Patinas accelerate the ageing of metal through a mix of pigments, oil and solvents. These surface treatments thus create a wide variety of light effects.