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Ames Circle of Arts                   

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The rough Clay figure below is modeled in 1/2 scale. For measurements, see below. Please click on a thumbnail for a larger image. These models are for design purposes, the proportions and anatomical details are not accurate -no live models or reference was used for these studies.

The monument

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Half scale maquette
Ames_-_Creativity_Figure_-_View_5.GIF (182829 bytes) Ames_-_Creativity_Figure_-_View_2.GIF (193721 bytes)
Creativity - View 1 Creativity - View 2
Full Scale Clay
clay_figure_3.jpg (79799 bytes) clay_figure_1.jpg (58850 bytes) The full scale clay is designed to be separated into sections for molding and casting by the foundry.

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clay_figure_6.jpg (270398 bytes) clay_figure_7.jpg (352331 bytes) The hair was simplified to planes and line to fit more harmoniously with the overall sculpture. The ribbon circumference was brought closer to the body for added strength. clay_figure_5.jpg (317053 bytes)

The Arch Medallions

There are five medallions in total, each will have the same design on the front and reverse. These images show the development of the clay patterns for bronze. The image to the left is the concept drawing,  The third and fourth are the near-finished clays, full scale. In some cases, the design has undergone continued development. Changes in the bronze molding method allowed the use of high relief modeling up to 2" in depth which will increase clarity from a distance.

Note: the thumbnail images are not the same scale, click on an image to enlarge.

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Half scale model

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Musical Arts Final Clay Final revision (3-1-03) Final revision (3-1-03)
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Athletic Arts Final Clay Final Clay Final revision (Coated with shellac) 3-1-03
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Literary Arts Final Clay Final Clay
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Fine Arts Final Clay Final Clay
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Theatrical Arts Final Clay Final revision (3-1-03) Final revision (3-1-03)
The Bronze Casting

of the Medallions

Kane Foundry, Pawtucket,RI

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Liquid rubber is poured over the pattern, filling the box. The cured rubber is removed from the box leaving a reverse negative cavity of the pattern.. 
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Once delivered to the foundry... Melted wax is brushed into the mold building up a 3/8" thickness. Wax sprues are strategically attached to gat and vent the bronze during the pour. Once the wax is complete, it is dipped in a slurry of ceramic shell liquid that coats the piece.
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The Ceramic shell is placed in a furnace to melt all the wax out, leaving a hollow cavity that will be bronze. Molten bronze is poured into the ceramic shell and allowed to cool overnight. Once cool, the ceramic shell is hammered and chipped away from the bronze. The cast bronze. The medallions are cast in two pieces per side, welded together and chased (cleaned and polished and patina applied). This is the rough casting, right out of the ceramic shell. A long process!
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bronze6.jpg (96743 bytes) bronze7.jpg (152326 bytes) Bronze castings in various states of finishing. All the Medallions will be worked to a pre-finished point and then finished, polished and patinaed all at the same time to insure consistency of finish.A finished medallion weighs approx. 235 lbs. sclupturelab_PUB_ART_Ames_Theatrical_bronze_1.jpg (136740 bytes)
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