Have you ever heard of cold cast bronze sculptures? First of all, cold cast bronze is a casting method used in sculpting. Well, hundreds of sculptors across the globe have and they are going crazy about it.
Well, it has been around for many years now. More and more sculptors around the globe are using this technique. If you are interested to learn more about it, then we are here to help.
Materials You Use
In sculpting, people mostly use metal materials of a different kind like bronze, gold, copper, silver, aluminium, brass, and lead. In cold cast bronze or bonded bronze, you use a mixture of bronze powder and resin.
Once you have a mould, you then pour the mixture and then that is when you start creating the proportions and details of your sculpture.
It is not purely metal by the way. However, the oxidized surface looks like metal without using bronze powder coat at all.
Why do people do it?
Well, there are a couple of reasons why people go with cold cast bronze. One is that it is more affordable compared to hot cast bronze. It is also a great alternative for that. However, hot-cast bronze sculptures have more strength and they last longer compared to the cold cast.
But still, the cold cast is an easier method of sculpting that requires not much time to complete. That depends on your sculpture greatly of course. Cold cast is ideal for first-time sculptors. It gives them a better understanding of the materials used for sculpting.
Three Methods of Cold Casting
Cold casting has three methods; solid casting, slush casting, and bronze dusting. These different types of castings differ mainly on the materials used for each. For solid casting, people use silicon rubber and polyurethane rubber.
These three types are complex and can be difficult for first-time sculptors. But, if you have a good grasp on sculpting materials and techniques, then it will easy to learn these types of casting.
Remember, sculpting is not just sculpting. It involves several methods. It is about being creative and knowledgeable on what this craft demands from us.