Casting is one of the earliest known forms of metal working. In its most basic form, it involves heating metal until it is molten and then pouring it into a mold. As the metal cools it takes the shape of the mold. Early castings were crude in finish with a lot of surface anomalies that required a great deal of machine work to get the desired quality of surface texture. Modern casting techniques produce very fine tolerances and the casting requires little or no finishing work.
If this position doesn’t work for you, just make sure to, sit comfortably. If your hand bumps into your thigh, your sawing will feel awkward and uncomfortable.
The artwork is heated to one thousand five hundred degrees Fahrenheit to melt the wax and set the ceramic mold. Molten bronze is then poured into the mold. Once this process is completed, the patina is applied for the perfect color. Sometimes ormolu is also used to coat the statue to display a gold finish. This method was borrowed from the eighteenth century French art form that was used in garnitures and clocks.
Of the other ways of casting bronze that is still used, fusione a cera persa was developed in Mesopotamia in 500 B.C. But it is believed that the Greeks developed the ‘Lost Wax’ technique on their own or there may be a possibility that they copied the Egyptians, as they also knew of this technique.
To have an even bronze finish, we spray the statue or fountain with high-pressure powdered glass. We also apply a chemical called patina, which protects the bronze from corroding. Lastly, we apply a layer of heated wax, to ensure a radiant finish. After a final inspection, the bronze statue is ready for delivery!
They are obviously referring to the hue and cry about stolen idols and so are wary of dealing in the same. They are right of course. In earlier years, news about precious idols stolen from temples and elsewhere used to be a regular item in newspapers. Even caretakers, including priests, were said to be involved. It was a fact that such misdeeds occurred under the protection of many high placed officials in government and law enforcement agencies.
So what’s the answer? Which is the better method? A casting will be cheaper and so more people can enjoy the same thing. Would I be happy for my daughter to wear a cast ring? Absolutley, in fact she does. But I have also made her many pieces by hand.
It must be said that this can not only be an interesting pastime but a beneficial one too. Such a hobby could reap rich rewards, if not immediately, then years later. A particular object d’art could well turn out to be a treasure international collectors would, as said before, give their eyeteeth for! Right now, for obvious reasons, prices are low, and exquisite curios can be had for a few hundred rupees. So, for the curious, now is the perfect time to start this intriguing hobby.