Tour Luna Bronze
Luna Bronze creates all bronze artwork in their Heber City, Utah foundry. The process used is known as "Lost Wax," which dates back nearly 5,000 years.
Please take a few moments and see the process of taking an artist's conception to a finished piece of bronze art.
|1. Design and Draw. In this step, the artist draws on paper what the sculpture is to look like.|
|2. Create Clay Statue. The original clay statue is meticulously sculptured to a finalized version of what the bronze sculpture is to look like.|
|3. Make Rubber Mold. In this step the original clay statue receives a painted coat of synthetic rubber, and is then covered with a plaster shell. The rubber mold becomes a "negative" of the original clay statue.|
|4. Create Wax Mold. This process involves wax being painted inside the rubber mold, creating a "positive" mold. When the wax has cooled, the rubber mold can be pulled away.|
|5. Fabrication. A fabrication is made by dipping the wax mold into a ceramic solution. Once the ceramic mold hardens, it is placed into a high temperature furnace. During this process the wax melts out, leaving a hollow ceramic mold.|
|6. Melt the Bronze. Bronze is melted to a molten state at which pointed it is ready to be poured into the ceramic cast.|
|7. Pour the Bronze Into Shells. Workers carefully pour the molten bronze into the ceramic cast, and leave them to harden.|
|8. Shells Cooling Down. In this stage, the bronze is cooled to a harden state.|
|9. Chipping Shell. Once the bronze has solidified and cooled completely, the ceramic shell can be chipped away, revealing an exact replica of the original clay statue.|
|10. Install. Bronze creations are installed or put on display.|