Cold Bronze Casting

Cold Bronze Casting

How do you make something that isn’t metal, look like metal? One way is to take extremely fine ground metal powder (such a bronze), mix it into a liquid resin, and pour or brush it into a mold. The powder settles to the front face of the mold, but is still completely contained within the resin. Some buffing with fine steel wool and polishing compound, and the metal shows through exactly as if it were molten poured. Supporting layers without metal powder can be applied for reinforcement – as was done with this sculptural piece for the fine folks at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery. In the end real metal is best at looking like real metal – but sometimes just a thin skin is enough.

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