With April Fools Day approaching, I watch and work with anticipation as we near the final bidding day up my first crowd funding art project. Thank you to all of you who have pledged or shared the link to the Kickstarter page. Thus far, we have raised
Casting Call: I'm Melting! Melting! . . . into Bronze
Kickstarter Art Project
- $4,115 pledged [of $11,500 goal]
- 35% funded
- 22 backers
- 4 days to go towards the bronze foundry fee.
I am getting pumped for my return to the US, including a decent visit to Austin, Texas. My storage space there is no longer available. If I do not cast the wax sculptures I created when I started the classical painting school in Italy many years ago, they may not survive another Texas summer. It is time to cast them into bronze or lose them.
Bronze has never been a cheap or easy process, but the results are lovely and the material is strong. It allows an artist to create a sculpture with extending parts and high detail, as desired. People often ask how bronze sculpture is created and I have written a description of the steps (with images) to explain the Lost Wax Process: it is on the Kickstarter page noted above.
I have done all of the steps in the very complicated process of bronze casting. I wanted to understand the challenges along the way because sometimes one works backwards in a process in order to design something that is likely to be a success. It helps to have an idea of where you are going to be able to anticipate future challenges. I later worked with some wonderful bronze casting foundries, but often still did myself a lot of the wax work and sculpting and coloring the cooled metal after the pouring of molten bronze. My focus turned away from bronze casting during my travels and now it is time to create some more bronze sculpture.
That is where the crowd-sourcing comes in. Very few things worthwhile happen in a vacuum. Simply put: I need you. And I am trying to make it easy for you to help me cast these wax sculptures. Kickstarter is only one site that exists for artists, musicians, and inventors to come up with an idea and others make it happen with their pledge support.
But Kickstarter's policy is all or nothing. I have gotten quotes from four different foundries (since my main one is now retired). While my goal of $11,500 is a lot to ask for, it is not enough to cover what I need to cast. However, it is a huge start and a big help. I have added my own contribution to this project, not only in doing much of the labor myself, but also in offering lower prices on selected [previously cast] bronze sculptures and often paying shipping and packaging fees, as well as Texas sales taxes (where applicable).
There are lots of reward levels and I would really appreciate your support. From just $5 on up to the extremely generous $10K, I hope that you will find something that will enrich your life.
P.S. There is even a reward to help me create a medallion for you! This would be cool for a one-of-a-kind gift to celebrate a special accomplishment of your child, your partnet, your colleagues at work. We will work together in person, if possible, or by Internet. Tell me what you would like to see and I will design and create it for you, with your approval before bronze casting.
If you have ever wanted one of my bronze sculptures, this is the time to invest. Check it and so many other goodies out at:
Deadline Texas USA Time: the midnight between 1 April and 2 April. No foolin'
And thank you for participating, pledging, commenting on the page, sharing the link with your colleagues and friends, and sending me feedback of any kind. We can do this.
Casting Call: I'm Melting! Melting! Into Bronze
Top left, then clockwise: Photo from 2002, friends and fellow sculpture teachers at the Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory, Marla Ripperda, Bill Barnett, and Kelly Borsheim pour molten bronze into a ceramic shell mold in Austin, Texas. The large bronze wall-hanging sculpture Ten on an orange wall. Warrior Spirit [man and bird, detail]. Shield, another large wall or gate-hanging bronze sculpture.
Frog Legs and Cattails one of the bronze rewards (two actually) offered.