Nelles

Scott Nelles Studios

Traverse City, Michigan · 1519 Sales

Nelles

Scott Nelles Studios

Traverse City, Michigan 1519 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(414)

Announcement   Welcome to my studio! Please browse my items and feel free to contact me (231-264-5858) with your questions. Unique cast-bronze and cast-aluminum pieces to decorate your home, office, or other special space. I have worked in my foundry for over 30 years and just recently decided to see if Etsy is a good place to show my art.

Here is a basic summary of my process:

For nature-inspired decorative objects and animals, I usually sculpt my original images out of soft modeling wax. For pieces that require a high degree of precision and hard lined surfaces - such as the toys - I use a variety of materials including plastic, hard styling clays, metal or wood to create an original model. Once satisfied with the form, I then make a series of molds of the original piece into a permanent pattern called a match plate, That is then used to make multiple sand molds into which molten bronze is poured at 2150°. Once cool, the rough casting is separated from the sand and then cut, ground, sandblasted, tumbled and polished to a rich, patinaed finish.

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Last updated on May 5, 2017

Welcome to my studio! Please browse my items and feel free to contact me (231-264-5858) with your questions. Unique cast-bronze and cast-aluminum pieces to decorate your home, office, or other special space. I have worked in my foundry for over 30 years and just recently decided to see if Etsy is a good place to show my art.

Here is a basic summary of my process:

For nature-inspired decorative objects and animals, I usually sculpt my original images out of soft modeling wax. For pieces that require a high degree of precision and hard lined surfaces - such as the toys - I use a variety of materials including plastic, hard styling clays, metal or wood to create an original model. Once satisfied with the form, I then make a series of molds of the original piece into a permanent pattern called a match plate, That is then used to make multiple sand molds into which molten bronze is poured at 2150°. Once cool, the rough casting is separated from the sand and then cut, ground, sandblasted, tumbled and polished to a rich, patinaed finish.

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49 Merc & Aero Stream Trailer
49 Merc & Aero Stream Trailer
$580.00
Aero Stream Trailer
Aero Stream Trailer
$300.00
49 Merc
49 Merc
$300.00
Rabbit in Bronze - small figurine standing
Rabbit in Bronze - small figurine standing
$32.00
One Bronze Astronaut / Spaceman
One Bronze Astronaut / Spaceman
$35.00
Hippo
Hippo
$35.00
Heron or Great Egret on Log in Bronze
Heron or Great Egret on Log in Bronze
$42.00
Cypress Menorah for 9 candle for Hanukkah
Cypress Menorah for 9 candle for Hanukkah
$175.00
Arm Hooks in Bronze - Three together
Arm Hooks in Bronze - Three together
$65.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(414)
Miriam Lejeune

Miriam Lejeune on May 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love my bronze frog. Yea Scott, you rock.

Miriam Lejeune

Miriam Lejeune on May 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely critter. Just love Scott and his assortment. His take on everything is unique. I am a repeat customer.

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About

For over three decades, Scott Nelles (NELL-ess) has been producing objects of beauty in cast bronze.

Scott Nelles pronounced {nell-ess} creates cast bronze sculpture by using the trades of industry. Much of the inspiration for his work actually comes from the process in which he makes it. Cast metal Toy cars, boats, and airplanes take him back to his childhood in Detroit where his father, a manufacturers representative would take Scott on factory tours. The dramatic sight and heat of molten metal became a part of his soul and the excitement of the foundry process has never left him.

Many people are aware of the" lost wax method" of creating bronze castings and sculpture. Scott Nelles on the other hand creates his art by using the "sand casting method". This process is seldom used in the arts and very few are aware of it's possibilities. Nelles has tried to take advantage of his process to express his artistic visions and also make his art more available to the public.

Faced with uncontrollable ambition Scott dropped out of art school and traveled across the country until he ended up in Seattle, WA. in 1972. Seattle was home to several small foundries. With the help of these foundries, he was able to gain a knowledge base which finally allowed him to open his own facility back in his home state of Michigan.

"Many people ask me if all my current works are limited editions, they are not in the strictest sense. Because it can take hundreds of hours to make the first prototype of each piece, I cannot afford to limit the number I finally produce. Rest assured however that all my work is made by hand in my own studio and that alone assures there limited production." - Scott

For nature-inspired decorative objects and animals, Nelles usually sculpts his original images out of soft modeling wax. For pieces that require a high degree of precision and hard lined surfaces - such as the toys - he uses a variety of materials including plastic, hard styling clays, metal or wood to create his original model. Once satisfied with the form, Scott then makes a series of molds of the original piece until a permanent pattern, called a match plate, is then used to make multiple sand molds into which molten bronze is poured at 2150°. Once cool, the rough casting is separated from the sand and then cut, ground, sandblasted, tumbled and polished to a rich, patinaed finish..

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    Scott Nelles has created toys and art objects in cast bronze and aluminum for over 35 years.

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