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Bronze casting of profiles

2021-05-05 (V. van der Wijk)

I have been bronze casting the profiles I prepared in wood earlier together with the round base plate for the new Plumage in Bronze sculpture. I made specific flasks for creating the sand molds from Delft clay. After closing the molds the profiles could simply be pulled out, leaving an empty space in the sand which I filled with liquid bronze. Therefore the bronze was heated to about 1050 °C in my oven made of ceramic wool. The results have become very nice, the profiles came out perfectly straight and with a high level of detail. Also the base plate turned out nice. I finished the surfaces by directionless sanding with 240 sanding paper, which showed to fit well with the natural appearance of casted bronze.

 

 

Plates of wax

2021-04-15 (V. van der Wijk)

Although I prefer to sandcast my bronze sculptures in my own foundry, not all sculptures are suitable for sandcasting, especially when designs need thin sections and deep hollow cores. For the sculpture I showed on 16 january the pyramid shapes will have to be casted with the lost wax method instead. Therefore I have been making plates of wax, 4.5 mm thick, and used them to construct the pyramid shapes.

 

Wood profile casting pattern

2021-03-31 (V. van der Wijk)

I am making a 65 cm tall bronze version of Plumage I for which I manufactured these wooden profiles:

The profile consists of a convex face on top, concave faces on the sides and a flat face from below. They will be used as sandcasting patterns for bronze casting to obtain the profiles in bronze. The bronze profiles will then be assembled as elements of the Plumage I balanced movable sculpture.  

Shiny pyramids of stainless steel

2021-02-28 (V. van der Wijk)

The pyramid shapes of the previous blog inspired me to make a balanced sculpture with multiple small pyramid shapes of shiny stainless steel:

The first picture reveals the production steps of assembling the surfaces, welding the edges, and finishing it to flat polished surfaces. The second picture shows the assembly of four pyramid shapes in a movable parallelogram. I am now working on the remaining part of the sculpture which will hold and float this assembly up in the air.

New sculpture in development

2021-01-16 (V. van der Wijk)

Just before Christmas I designed a new sculpture which expresses a person's extreme need for an intimate hug. This is inspired by the current time where due to the Covid-19 pandemic intimacy is very restricted, a rather inhuman situation.

I don't want to reveal too much yet, but here are the first pictures. The two shapes will fall from an open 'distant' position towards each other in the position shown. At the moment I am developing the sculpture in steel and then I will cast it completely in bronze. Ultimately, it will be a fully bronze moving sculpture.

New website online!

2020-10-26 (V. van der Wijk)

Finally, my new website is online! A fresh look and a better layout, enjoy!