From teaching Sculpture over the years and doing the scrap yard run for class. I thought this would be great a workshop at GoggleWorks, to help identify proper metals for welding and make something from it.
This was also a two-day workshop like Welding II. The focus was exploring the scrap yard for found objects that would be interesting to spark some ideas.
Day two, was bring your ideas and materials back to create an interesting sculpture from reclaimed metal we picked up from the prior class.
An international fantasy/realism group call IX Arts was in town for their annual conference and was looking to have a bronze casting demonstration.
We conducted the pour right outside of the Sculpture Studio at Albright College, with a shuttle running between the conference and campus.
A couple of weeks before the pour, I pulled a rubber mold from an Albright Lion; originally in the form of butter (food).
From that, I cast a a number of copies in wax to make a sand mold. We cast a number of molds in either sand or ceramic shell, pouring the bronze around 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The mold had some flashing around the castings, but that was easy enough to remove. The other casting was maybe not as glamorous as artwork. It was a replacementI handle for my sand mixer…the original rapid prototyping!