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Fullerton College Lost-wax bronze courses
(a well kept secret)

Lost wax bronze cast metal course is offered at Fullerton College, Fullerton California –

The course catalog reads as follows... ART 162 F Sculpture- CAST METAL: The class consist of two hours lecture and analysis and four hours studio per week plus one hour open studio per week. An introduction to the lost wax bronze casting process, investment, vacuum sand casting. This class includes wax model production and mold making. Metal chasing and patination complete the cast bronze sculpture. In consecutive semesters, the complexities of the projects require alternative skills, techniques and materials. The class is listed as “Art 162 F sculpture” in the schools catalog.


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Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

The pour of the molten bronze begins...

The molten bronze enters the investment

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

We rotate around the sand pit filling the investments with molten bronze.

Extreme care is taken is taken. The back ground students are about 20 feet away from the crucible.

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

We continue with the pour as the instructor helps us guide the pour into the investment mouth/opening.

The instructor and students focus on the bronze pour.

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

Sara lowers and raises the crucible per Scott's instructions.

Scott to checks to see it there is enough bronze left for another pour...

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

The last pour is made with this batch of bronze.

Back to the furnace to melt more bronze ingots.

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

The first batch of investments are broken apart to reveal the hidden student's works of art. This is John as he uses a chisel and hammer to break the investment. This step was started about 2 hours after the pour, allowing the investment time to cool off.

This is Jean as she cannot wait to see her bronze. Jean's project was a three piece project that will require welding later. She will have to weld a shoulder and arm to a bust.
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

Here is Sara as she breaks away the investment. Oh, the investment consist of one part plaster to two parts 30 grit sand.

Here she cuts away some of the chicken wire used to support the investment.

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

The second pour was just removed and set on the ground and secured to the pouring shank.

Here is Scott removing unwanted surface material. The crucible is is glowing more in this batch of images because the images were taken later in the evening.

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school

Here we go again...

Again, the bonze appears to be an orange/yellow/red color because of our lighting.

Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
Fullerton College Bronze foundry school
This part of the process is a back breaker. Scott on the right is the one tilting the crucible, while I help in the guiding.
Working so close to the crucible and while wearing the protective suits is worse than being in a dry sauna.
 
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