|3-part main mold of the two figures.|
The waxes have flanges at the seams, and flaws (air bubbles, etc.) that have to be corrected - this part is "dressing the wax" and as the final result will be the bronze, it has to be made as close to perfect as is possible.
|Unmolded, undressed waxes|
|Bodies, sans parts|
Below is the wax, ready to go...
|Final Wax, ready for the foundry.l|
( in a long consult with my chaser, we decided what would be necessary to make a piece that will be cast as one - no spare parts to be attached later.) The white spots in the wax are the disclosing wax used to fill the tiny scratches, holes, for a uniform bronze surface. The bench will be cast separately.
Leaving all the other work needed for each piece is also a personal choice - understanding the complexities of mold-making, chasing and patinaes, the equipment and experience needed, it only makes sense at my point to hand it to an expert. Many sculptors turn a clay over to the foundry, often for good reason, with the piece to be completed by others at each stage - a much more expensive alternative, with less control - I could not manage to do even the waxes on pieces much larger than my scale.
I am especially pleased with the expressions of the face, and the dynamism of the pose, as he helps her onto his lap. At this point it is everything I hoped for!! A cause for Celebration!