Ready to take off girl

Blindfaith - Bronze sculpture

Blind faith – Bronze sculpture

As a student, I majored in sculpture but never got to do any sculptures after I finished my studies…until recently. 

My “Blind Faith” limited edition sculpture is born. 

Blind Faith is a very symbolic sculpture. 

This girl is blindfolded, this is symbolic of trusting, trust your inner voice a Higher Hand, the omens crossing your path.

The bird who is, in a way, leading the way, is also symbolic of The Voice you have to trust.

We want to control everything, be in charge instead of letting go. 

This sculpture is an extension of my paintings, as I paint a lot of puppet-like figures, this little figure is also a puppet, little minute screws “holding her together”.

A mentor 

During a visit to the lecturer I had as a student, she helped me to get started again.

  Zelda Stroud  is an inspiration and a master in own right and a true mentor. 

Bronze sculptures by Zelda Stroud

Bronze sculptures by Zelda Stroud

A Bronze sculpture I did as a student

I did two bronzes as a student of which one came into the market recently as a re-sell. 

A once-off bronze sculpture I did as a student.

A once-off bronze sculpture I did as a student.

“Lovers” is 28cm and R11000

I was inspired by the elongated figures of the twentieth-century artist,  Alberto Giacometti   when I did this figure in 1989 as a student.

Start of the process:

Armature:

After you decided on the sculpture you want to make, you build a wire armature that works like a little skeleton to support your figure.  

Wire Armature

Wire Armature (Image borrowed from Sculpture House  )

From here I used plasticine, which is a mix of clay and wax, and lovely to work with, to form the little figure around the armature. 

Forming the little girl out of Plasticine

Forming the little girl out of Plasticine

 

My Plasticine figure, ready to go to the foundry

My Plasticine figure, ready to go to the foundry

Out of my hands

I dropped the sculpture off at the artist, Cobus Haupt   who did the casting of the figure for me. 

It felt a little like taking your baby to a daycare centrum for the first time. But as Cobus was recommended to me as someone who is very capable, I knew the sculpture was in good hands.

From here the hard work starts, but now I am not part of the process anymore.

Cobus Haupt in his studio

Cobus Haupt in his studio

A Peek into the process

Silicon Mould:

Silicon mould

Silicon mould

The sculpture is “wrapped” in a silicon mould, the clay is removed from the mould and wax is being cast in it.

Fiberglass wrapping to secure the silicon mould

Fiberglass wrapping to secure the silicon mould

Wax figures:

Wax figures

Wax figures, patiently waiting to be dipped

Here are links to two YouTube videos showing the process of making a bronze sculpture from beginning to end attached for those of you who are interested in the process. 

  How bronze sculptures are made  , 

and an old video, but it is very descriptive:  A to Z of creating a bronze sculpture  

Ceramic Shell:

                                                              Wax figures get a ceramic shell 

Casting the bronze:

Casting the bronze

Casting the bronze

After the wax is melted out of the shell, the bronze gets cast.

                            

Wax figures gets a ceramic shell

You cant picture these funny items, almost looking like branches of a tree, as getting to be flying figures at the end!

 

Hard at work

Hard at work

 

Bronzes lined up

Bronzes lined up

The greenish color is a patina.

Attached a youtube video to show how to get a patina on a bronze.  How to Patina a Bronze   

I also use oil paint on some of the figures.

From here I needed more help to mount the figures on their stands and Francois and Jaco and Len were lifesavers!!

Getting mounted

Getting mounted

 

Jaco, mounting the sculpture

                                           Jaco, my brother, mounting one of the sculptures

 

Blind faith

                                  Blind faith   R14 500

 

Francois, mounting a sculpture

    Francois, mounting a sculpture 

 

Blind faith R14500

Blind faith R14500

 

To see all the bronze sculptures or to purchase one, you can click on this link.  Images of my available sculptures and paintings   

Without the help of all these people, this little girl would not have been here today.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Blog and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.