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post #1 of Old 09-18-2017, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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How to sculpt with metals?

Hello everyone,

I'm interested in sculpting with metals because I'm a big fan of bronze sculptures. I'm by no means an expert in sculpting so I was wondering if anyone here as any tips for a beginner?

And also - we have come a long way since the bronze age. Are there any other metals that are suitable for sculpting?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of Old 11-19-2020, 10:41 PM
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Im not sure what kind of work you want to make, but I have had a lot of sucess making small animal sculptures and abstract sculptures with welded steel. you can use steel rod cut to size with bolt cutters to build the shape of the thing that your sculpting, fill in the gaps with weld bead and shape it with an angle grinder, files and sand paper. welding equipment can get expensive, but theres a lot of variety and with a little reasearch you can make a lot of cool things on a buget. If you have your heart set on bronse sculpture, I would look into lost wax casting. Hope that helped
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Hello everyone,

I'm interested in sculpting with metals because I'm a big fan of bronze sculptures. I'm by no means an expert in sculpting so I was wondering if anyone here as any tips for a beginner?

And also - we have come a long way since the bronze age. Are there any other metals that are suitable for sculpting?

Thanks in advance.
With bronze you don't sculpt the metal, you make a sculpture out of another material like plaster or clay and use that to make a mold to pour molten bronze into it. Kind of difficult for someone that doesn't have access to a foundry. You might consider faking it. Make a clay sculpture and finish it to look like Bronze. I had a customer that had a fairly cheap bronze that movers broke a piece off and lost it. They didn't want to spend a great deal of money on it so I molded the area with the missing piece with bondo, carved it and then finished it to match the metal.
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