Depicted the life of the cowboy during the 1880's and 1890's better perhaps than any other artist of his time. He thought of himself as a true citizen of the American West. A native of Canton, New York, Remington left college at the age of 19, looking for adventure in the West. Remington operated his own ranch in Kansas and in 1886 he gave it up as a failure and came back to the East. The experience served him well in his later career as an artist. "What success I have had", Remington once told a newspaper reporter, "has been because I have a horseman's knowledge of a horse. No one can draw equestrian subjects unless he is an equestrian himself".
As an artist, Remington first made a name for himself as an illustrator and painter, and began sculpting only 14 years before his death in 1909. "I was impelled to try my hand at sculpture by a mental desire to say something in the round as well as flat. Sculpture is the most perfect Expression of Action. You can say it all in clay." The first Remington in clay was "Bronco Buster", completed in 1895.
1. The original sculpture is created through extensive research. Many hours of changing and refining are required to get a finished work in clay or wax. This can and often does takes months of work.
2. Flexible molds must be made of the original. This is done by placing a layer of clay around the original sculpture. A plaster support mold is made around this layer of clay. Then the plaster shell and clay are removed. When the plaster shell is replaced around the sculpture without the clay, the de-aired rubber can then be poured into the area that used to be filled with clay.
3. Wax is melted in a pot to about 190 degrees, and is then poured into the mold, left for one or two minutes and then poured out. After a cooling period, the hollow wax duplicate can be removed. Any sculpture cast in bronze that is over one inch thick must be cast hollow. Thicker pieces cast solid will distort badly as the hot metal cools.
4. The wax reproduction at this point is chased (flaws, pinholes, etc. are touched up). It is then cut apart or has windows cut into it to insure thorough drying of the slurry, the ceramic shell mixture that is later applied.
5. The wax sculpture and its parts (cutouts, base, etc.) are fitted to a wax tree. The tree is a network of sprues and vents (wax limbs and branches) to channel the metal flow and eliminate air pockets.
6. This vented sculpture is then invested (dipped) in ceramic shell slurry. Sand is applied to the slurry. It is then left to dry in a temperature and humidity controlled room. This process of applying slurry and sand is repeated 8 to 10 times to build shell thickness. With more than 25 years of business experience you can rest assure that you will receive only the highest quality of products available online. 100% Satisfaction Guarenteed
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