Chip, Sandblast, & De-sprue
After the molten bronze has cooled, the ceramic shell is removed through chipping and sandblasting to reveal the detailed, raw bronze copy of the original sculpture.
The sprue gates that were attached in wax (now converted to bronze) are cut off so that the metal chasing can begin!
It is more common that a sculpture is cast in several parts, so our metal chasers will prep and weld the pieces together before beginning the metal chasing.
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meet our metal prep team
Brogan has a fun background in art, starting with sculpting and painting which led him to get involved in designing and making film props. Some of his favorite props he has made are latex monster masks and creature design. He currently makes a big difference at BB by chipping, sandblasting, dipping slurry, basing, and shipping.
Brogan's favorite books are anything by Stephen King or Chuck Palahniuk, he speaks fluent Spanish, and can conjure a badger patronus.