Tuesday, November 19, 2013
It was really interesting to see the process of adding color to metalwork. "Gribble" a.k.a. "Gribble the Scribble" - (the goofy name that I came up with for the sculpture...) was plunged into a sulphur acid tank multiple times and then heated to 360 degrees with a blow torch. After he was good and sizzling hot, the foundry painter dobbed some special patina paint on him with a huge paintbrush. It was fascinating to watch the paint sizzle into the metal like a hot frying pan skillet! The whole process of adding color to the bronze took about an hour and was really educational. I don't think that I'll ever have the heart it takes to confidently handle a blow torch for patina work like some artists can - as fire really scares me!
But Gribble turned out really good. The goofy artifact style Akhal Teke is now on our mantle in the house. I've started work on a second bronze slated for 2014, which will be in a completely different style from this guy.
I've caught a slight bronze bug and now I'm hooked....
Posted by Shannon Mayfield at 9:45 PM