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About Made in Bronze

Made in Bronze is based in the East Riding of Yorkshire and was launched by myself Alison Botten in 2006. I was previously a co-owner of Strides Gallery in the market town of Driffield for over fifteen years.

We offer a selection of sculpture in bronze, in particular wildlife and animals, available to purchase through the website. We also welcome visits by prior appointment to our office at Church Farm, Garton on the Wolds.

Some of the sculptures are exclusive to Made in Bronze, for example the dogs by Tom Mackie and horse heads by Bridget Tempest. These are cast at a foundry in England for Made in Bronze.

The extensive range of sculptures by Michael Simpson and the Butler & Peach miniatures are part of the Richard Cooper & Company collection and are available to purchase through the Made in Bronze website. A brochure is available on request (free within UK ~ for outside the UK there may be a postage charge).

We are also delighted to feature a collection of bronze wildlife sculptures by Derbyshire based sculptor Eddie Hallam.

In addition to bronze sculptures, we offer a complementary range of accessories in leather and cufflinks by Tyler & Tyler, as well as the new Richard Cooper Studio collection of bone china figures.

 

 

What is Bronze?

Bronze is not a natural element but an alloy made up of several elements. It is a non-ferrous alloy of copper and tin, and trace metals. Bronze was one of the first alloys developed by ancient metal workers. It is hard and durable and since ancient times has been the most popular metal for casting statues and other art objects.

The Bronze Age, following the Stone Age, was so called because of the far-reaching effects the developing copper-bronze metallurgy had on earlier societies. The date at which the age began varied by region; in Greece and China it began before 3000 BC, in Britain not until c. 1900 BC. Later, iron replaced bronze in the manufacture of swords and other weapons.

Bronze has a very elegant finish and an appealing colour. This can change naturally or artificially by the process known as patination. Bronze is very resistant to corrosion.

Lost wax casting is the process by which a bronze is cast from an artist's sculpture. The lost wax process has been used for thousands of years to produce objects in metal which could not be produced any other way, due to the complexity of their form. This process is explained in detail below.

 

Lost Wax Bronze Casting

  • An original sculpture is first created using a material such as wax or clay

  • A rubber mould is made from the original sculpture in order to create duplicates of the original design. The mould captures every detail from the original sculpture

  • Molten wax is poured into the rubber mould to form a wax copy of the original sculpture. The hot wax cools and hardens. The wax casting is removed from the mould and further work performed by hand to produce an exact pattern of the original sculpture

  • Wax rods ("gates") are attached to the wax pattern to allow the even flow of molten metal avoiding the trapping of air and gas

  • The wax is then coated with several layers of a liquid refectory ceramic ("investment") and allowed to cure for several days The hard heat-resistant shell with the wax inside is fired in a kiln. The ceramic shell is baked and the wax melts away to leave a cavity  (hence the term  "lost wax")

  • Molten bronze is heated to a very high temperature and is poured into the cavity

  • Once cooled, the ceramic shell is broken away to reveal a bronze sculpture

  • Traces of ceramic shell are removed from the bronze by sandblasting

  • The sprues and gates are cut away and further work performed by chasing, sanding and polishing to achieve an exact copy of the original sculpture

  • A patina finish is created on the bronze surfaces. A chosen colour is applied with the use of chemicals and is heated with the flame of a torch to add colour and shading to the sculpture. The patina is sealed under a wax coating


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Bronze Sculptures
   Hares

   Horses
   Dogs & Shooting
   Birds & Mammals
   Miniatures

Eddie Hallam ~
Wildlife Sculptures


Bone China Collection

Prints


Cufflinks

Wallets & Accessories

Medals

 

 

Made In Bronze
 
East Yorkshire UK