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Having developed an affinity for the material and the process, I have, on occasion, utilized bronze to revisit and recreate a few of my past works. I am partial to the weight and permanence of bronze, the character of the metal's surface and its patina. The translation into bronze can produce a range of transformational effects on the visual impact of a piece that can range from subtle to definitive.
The processes I utilized to recreate the pieces varied, depending on the medium of the original. When I chose to recreate the ceramic 'Ribbon' (at left), I simply replicated the piece in wax, since the loop in the center, the holes, and the thinness of the clay precluded the possibility of making a mold. In the case of 'Peccata Patris', also made of clay, the original form was compact and had no severe undercuts, so I was able to create a successful two part rubber mold using Brush-On 35 (a Smooth-On product). To see other translations into bronze, check back to my blog entries on 8/27/12 ( A Chip Off the Ol' Block ) and 9/26/12 ( Menage A Trois ...).
*Found the following possible Klean Klay substitutes online... Van Aken's Klean Klay Alternative (at American Fine Arts Supplies) and Sculptex Modeling Clay (at Reynolds Advanced Materials). Both come in 1 pound blocks and in 3 different hardnesses. Comparably priced. Have not personally tried either of these yet.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.