Having a Sculpture Commissioned - How and Where?

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Having a Sculpture Commissioned - How and Where?

Majestic sculptures are beautiful additions to your church, organisational or institutional buildings, and in your garden or backyard. They can last for years and maintain their elegance and quality throughout those years. Although, preserving it requires careful planning of the sculpture’s making. If you’ve always loved to have one, all you need to do is commission a sculpture.

How and Where?
The commissioning of a work of sculpture is quite simple, although not many people know how to do so, especially where to start.

The Beginning
The first thing you need to have is a design or a vision. This will serve as the blueprint for your sculpture. You need to find a foundry or studio that offers sculpture commissions and give them your design. If you don’t have a design or if you’re not an artist yourself, they can create the design that will fit your description of what you want to make. You can check out https://www.firebirdbronze.com/bronze-casting/ if you’re looking for a foundry to avail of their services. They will guide you through the whole process of creating the design you want into life and planning for it. With your design, the foundry or studio you’ll be hiring will help you finalise the site (and the site design if there will be), the scale, the materials to be used, and the timeline. After developing a final plan, they will make a budget proposal based on your project, and it’s up to you whether you’ll want to move forward or not.

On the Process
Once you choose to move forward with the final plan, most studios and foundries will have you sign a contract and pay a deposit for the sculpting process to start. It can take time to complete the sculpture, depending on the detail, size, and number of pieces in the project.

The first step in the process is making the mould. The design is modelled into clay, and this is where all the details are sculpted. After creating the clay model, the lost-wax casting process starts where the wax is poured on the clay model. The ceramic mould, which will serve as the shell, is then created. The wax will be melted again and drained. Next, the bronze should be poured and left to cool down. After some time, they will break the shell to reveal the bronze casting; it will then be sandblasted to remove any ceramic shell residue, polished, and applied with a patina for colour and texture,

You may ask why bronze would be the material used. Two materials are ideal for outdoor sculptures; marble and bronze. Bronze is the most enduring and durable material for outdoor sites. You need to do only a few things to maintain it: wipe it down for cleaning and waxing it every year or two. More advantages of using bronze for sculptures include being more cost-efficient than stone, more time-efficient in the creation process, and more convenient to install as it is lighter. Bronze castings are elegant and beautiful pieces that can last years for outdoor sculpture.

Foundries and studios can also make bases where the sculptures can stand. They can be crafted in walnut wood, black granite, and more.

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