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Project by EPJartisan posted 418 days ago 777 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, here are two recent sculpture bases for two of my sculptures. I would like to have better pictures but they have gone out the door already.

“Regrets” ~ First is a plaster casting of a gymnast I had as a model last year. It has a bronze coating which is more durable than paint and I can get it to shine and take a patina like solid bronze. The base is two boards of cherry. I have talked about “fire grain” which is my favorite figuring in cherry wood and this base is full of it.. I just don’t have the right pics. BUt I have four more of these to make, so I will show more later. I wanted the base to make the sculpture seem floating, for the emotion of regret/confusion I was trying to capture.

“Humanity” ~ Second is a sand cast aluminum sculpture on a soap stone and spalted maple base. I chose the maple to match the figuring in the soap stone.

Thanks for looking. ~ e

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 418 days ago

These are very nice. You have a lot of capabilities I see.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 418 days ago

The cherry base on the first one does make it seem to float. Mission accomplished!

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#3 posted 418 days ago

I love the “Regrets” one Eric. It’s the kind of piece you need to walk around and contemplate for a time. Great job!

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 418 days ago

These are awesome! They really finish things off nice! :)


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#5 posted 415 days ago


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#6 posted 415 days ago

These are beautiful!

How do start to make a sculpture? You need to make an original you can cast, how do you make the original and can you make more than one out of the mold?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 414 days ago

Beautiful and thought provoking sculptures, the unique bases carry them. Well done!

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#8 posted 411 days ago

thanks for the comments.

Thank you oldnovice: I start in clay, then make a urethane mold around the original and form the mold I make the plaster…. in this case I made both a wax which is now at the foundry to be cast in bronze…and 5 plasters…
some pictures to help:


Rough Sculpt

Dry a bit for details

Urethane and plastic shell (to support mold during the casting)

Removing the plaster casting

Applying the metal coating to the plaster

Adding a sulfur patina

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#9 posted 390 days ago

Beautiful castings Eric ! Keep this up and you’ll have to produce a book or two on your finished work ! Thanks for keeping us up to date ! Goodon’ya

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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