Slurry/Shell

The sprued wax copy & cup are then dipped in several layers of a liquid "slurry" mixture and sand to encase the wax, which then dries and hardens. This ensures that the wax pattern & sprues are fortified by an outer ceramic shell that becomes the final mold after the shell is fired and the wax has melted out.



Shell Burn-Out or "Flashing"

The flashing/burn-out stage eliminates all wax and moisture from the ceramic shell.  The shells are placed into the furnace and heated to a point where the wax is melted away, leaving a hollow ceramic shell that is ready to accept the molten bronze. The shells are now ready for casting!



meet our slurry team

Jamey Kearl

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Jamey has made a great impact at Baer Bronze by incorporating his background in the manufacturing and design fields. He got his bachelor's degree in industrial design which has helped him bring a creative approach to producing bronze castings.

His passion for the guitar has allowed him to perform in countries like Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, China, and all over the US. He loves burritos, Star Wars, Star Trek, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his wife and 5 children. He would like the world to know that he is aware that he should have been a ballerina because he has the grace of a swan. 


Joe Butcher

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Joe is our resident "Jack of All Trades" and is skilled in pretty much every area of the bronze casting process. He is particularly skilled at mold making, slurry dipping, and quality control. Joe's art background includes sculpting, pottery, drawing, and working with clay in its many forms. 


Brogan Johnson

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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.