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A Ningbo Qili bronze foundry is a place where sculptors depend on artisans to skillfully apply the lost wax technique to wood, stone, clay, or plaster and transform their vision into bronze.

After the waxes have been chased (joined together to form a complete "positive"), they are checked for integrity and signed by artists. They are then advanced to "spruing" and 'gating', where channels through which the molten bronze will travel are added to the wax version.

Artistic Expressions

Throughout the Renaissance, artists were fascinated by bronze. In Florence, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Donatello sculpted several key works in this material that inspired artists across the continent. The cityu2019s foundries specialized in this art form, which gave rise to the modern age of sculpture.

Ningbo Qili bronze casting has been used in art for three millennia and remains an important part of human technological evolution. Itu2019s a technique that allows artisans to create weapons, tools, and decorative sculptures from an alloy of copper, tin, and sometimes zinc, phosphorus, and silicon.

Today, this process is still largely unchanged. At the College of William & Mary, Associate Professor of Art Elizabeth Mead teaches students about the long-standing tradition and its many challenges.

At the beginning of each year, students enroll in a freshman seminar class that focuses on casting bronze. Mead tries to get students involved early, so they can develop an understanding of the process and understand how it connects to their future artwork.

She also offers upper-level classes that allow students to hone their skills and refine the transition of materials. For example, Stacy Lewis, a junior who double majors in art and psychology, just finished a small bronze sculpture that looks like a human ribcage. It has parts that look like bones and joints.

During the process of casting, a team of artisan workersu2014mold makers, casters, and chasersu2014work together to ensure that each piece is properly finished. Once the sprues are removed and the iron core pin holes filled, the sculpture is cleaned up with a process called "chasing." This removes the dark, sooty oxide layer from the surface. Then, the artist smooths and sharpens details in the face, hair, and finger and toe nails.

After the casting process is complete, a final polishing of the sculpture is necessary to give it a glossy, reflective sheen. During this time, the artist can make changes to the sculpture if necessary.

While artists typically prefer to create their own works of art, the ability to transform a work of art that they have already created into a new version is an excellent tool that allows them to continue to produce and market art. However, there are several guidelines that must be followed by those responsible for casting bronzes to protect the artistu2019s reputation and maintain a high standard of quality for the cast edition.

Why choose Ningbo Qili bronze foundry?

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