Sculptural bronze casting is usually done by commercial
foundries, but if you're not afraid of a little hard work, or a LOT, YOU CAN DO
IT YOURSELF. Tomak will talk about all steps in the process, with a focus on the
How. He will explain the chemistry behind investments, waxes, alloys, pouring,
and equipment. Believe it or not, most of the high cost of bronzes is not in the
metal, it's the many complex steps in getting there. And with some shortcuts to
making your own equipment, a serviceable foundry can be made for less than the
cost of a single large bronze. Monumental bronzes are welded together from
smaller casts, so there's almost no limit to what you can do.
Julian Baksik studied fine art and physics at the University of Michigan, and
currently exhibits at several national tradeshows and festivals. He has been
sculpting in bronze for more than 12 years.