I manipulate metals and minerals and bonding solutions in order to provoke emotional responses from people I will usually never meet. That which happens in the process some people call art. My talent for creating icons and illusions turned into a lifetime of manipulations... in various pigments, bronze and steel, some quite large, which loom in museums, schools, collections and public places all over Texas. Here on this blog you can watch my creative actions and insights unfold...

Part 2: The Bronze Casting of the Frank Hamer Monument

First the clay sculpture is somewhat dismembered. Hat, guns, arms are cut off, to be molded separately...
 
 



10/19/12


This is called "carding," it turns out the best thing for making separations in the molds

Frank is now enduring the mold making process where the clay is copied by rubber molds, in order to be able to make wax reproductions of every part. In the process the clay will be messed up... but it would be possible to fix it... but this is just a part of the casting procedure. We are headed for a bronze Frank!



10/20/12
Butchered and humiliated, he is now covered in about a half inch of rubber...




THEN the whole sculpture is covered in around two inches of fiber re-enforced plaster...



And then the plaster molds are cut off, their edges defined by the cards... Here is dramatic footage of Stephen Zabel, the foundryman removing the rubber from Frank's face...





Poor Frank looks almost depressed inside his cocoon... funny how the expression changes with its surroundings...



Here is cool footage of Stephen Zabel, the foundryman placing the rubber impression of the face into its cradle.. the plaster mold support. Keep watching it.. it will creep you out!
 





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