Announcement Small bronze sculpture sculpted and cast in Arroyo Grande California.
Small bronze sculpture sculpted and cast in Arroyo Grande California.
Emily Parrish on Jul 20, 2016
Great heft, great detail, exactly what I was hoping for. Shipping was a little faster than anticipated too. Thanks so much!
Katie Stein on Jul 17, 2016
I luuurrrvvv my little duck family! They are wonderful, and thank you so much for the extra, awesome, long-limbed lady! My husband has stolen her, because he says she reminds him of me ;). Thanks, Daniel!
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Hello my name is Daniel Fleming, I live and work in Arroyo Grande, California. I am a painter , furniture maker and am now really enjoying sculpting and casting my own bronze pieces.
I sculpt the originals out of a brown sculpture wax, I always keep the skeleton in mind and just bend the figures around until I find a pose that feels good. Wax is a little tricky to work with but is very easy to bend melt and weld with a soldering iron.
Here is a list of some of the equipment needed to cast bronze and a little info. about how I made them.
I made my vacuum table using plywood a sheet of rubber. Instead of a bell jar I used a large heavy gauge aluminum cooking pot drilled a hole for the vacuum gauge and one for the vacuum pump. It has hole cut in the top with a half inch piece of Plexiglas for a viewing window. The vacuum pressure is amazing and I had to make some adjustments to keep the rubber down and the Plexiglas from breaking, the first quarter inch piece of plexi cracked. I had to buy the vacuum pump
I made my steam dewaxer out of another aluminum pot with a smaller lid inverted on the inside and raised off the bottom to give room for water. The lid is slightly tilted and has a hole drilled with a aluminum pipe to drain the wax. The wax is reused.
My burnout oven is made from a large rag disposal barrel with a hole cut in the bottom and thermal insulation wrapping the inside. A modified oven rack keeps the flasks off the bottom and has a spot drilled for the pyrometer ( a high temperature thermometer).
The furnace is made of castable refractory cement and the burner is made from steel pipe with a brass nipple drilled out with a micro bit . I use a high pressure propane regulator and two propane tanks. My blower is a hvlp paint sprayer, it is just what I had, there are lots of options.
The centrifugal casting machine was made from a treadmill motor, it has great speed control and a slow start up and is attached to a wheel off a potter’s wheel. I tapped holes in the wheel and use a modified steel plate, threaded rods and wing nuts to hold the flask down, ( a flask is a metal pipe that holds the waxes and investment material). I put the wheel in a metal garbage can with a cut out pouring area.
I have been casting my sculptures for a couple of years now and my equipment is working very well for me. I have a number of improvements to make to increase my production capabilities and efficiency.
Thank you very much for coming to my shop and taking the time to read my story.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Foundry
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