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The Top 10+ Questions to Ask When Commissioning a Sculpture

The top 10 questions to ask before you spend tens of thousands of dollars on a custom bronze sculpture (and one bonus question!).

Now is not the time to say “I don’t know much about art”. YES YOU DO!!!

If you’re like most of our clients, this is the first, and possibly last, time you will need to commission a one-of-a-kind custom bronze statue. You might say something like “I don’t know much about art”. The truth is that you know almost everything that you need to know to choose the highest quality sculptor your budget will allow. Read more

Custom Bronze Sculpture 101

Just like any trade or profession, the world of bronze figurative sculpture is full of terms and concepts that are new to most of our clients.  Below are a few words, phrases and concepts that will help to get you up to speed so that you can speak the language. Read more

A quick and easy guide to caring for outdoor bronze sculptures

It’s rough out there.  One of the biggest issues when placing anything outside for a long period of time is how it will respond to the elements. This is, of course, doubly important when the thing you are putting outside is a valuable, one-of-a-kind work of art.  If you walk around any large city in the United States for long enough you will come across a piece of public art that looks a bit worse for the wear. The unfortunate reality is, like many things in life, regular maintenance is cheap and easy, but if you neglect it, the resulting damage is expensive and difficult to repair.  The following is an easy to follow program for that applies specifically to outdoor bronze statues created by E. S. Schubert Sculpture Studios.  The information and steps included should also apply to most other bronze statues, however…

(and I have bolded this for a reason!) the application of paste waxes WILL change the character of the patina.  If you are at all uncertain about what you are dealing with, first try to reach out to the sculptor who created your sculpture. If you can’t get ahold of your sculpture’s creator, send us an email and we will help you out.   Read more

Quick Tip #1 Sculpting Clay Storage

Today on The Sculptor’s Apprentice, a quick tip about sculpting clay storage.

We use Chavant Brand clay, and the type that we use is NSP Firm in the color of green. NSP stands for Non-Sulfurated Plasticine, and that is important because the sulfur in some oil based clays can inhibit the cure of our silicone mold making material.

One of the great things about oil based sculpting clay is that it doesn’t dry out. But … that is only mostly true. It will dry out, but the timeline is much longer than water based clay. What that means for us is that we can leave our clay sculpture uncovered when we are working on it, and even well after we are finished. But at some point, usually when the foundry has a finished bronze casting, we need to cut the clay sculpture up and put it in an air tight container. Check out the video below to get the details.

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