We recently visited Bronze Artwork, our local foundry, to see the progress of the bronze Necromancer figurine. It is looking pretty solid and it’s dang heavy and just needs a few finishing touches before it’s ready. The foundry shared photos of the process with us and we snapped a few pictures of the head and wings being welded on.
These two figurines will be going to happy homes in just a couple weeks! Thank you again to our $1800 pledge supporter! Without their support, we probably wouldn’t have done bronze figurines this year. The other figurine will be donated to Child’s Play for their end of the year auction in December. Start saving your monies because bidding is going to go through the roof!
The process shown below in the pictures:
1. Slurrying: This is where the wax is coated with investment. The wax will be burned out later, leaving a hollow shell.
2. Pouring: 1800 degree molten bronze is poured into the sprued out investments. (Sprues are the little pipes that connect all the pieces to where the bronze is poured in)
3. Castings pre-knockoff: In this shot, the middle casting has had the investment removed and the other two are awaiting their turn.
4. Castings post-knockoff: Here all the investment has been removed, revealing the bronze castings.
5. Casting post-sandblast: After sandblasting, the castings have a uniform matte finish.
6. Welding: Tack welding the helmet to the body and later on they will add a button onto the top of the helmet to close it up.
7. Here are the first two bronze Necromancers! They still need to have some details chased and the patina applied.