THE PROCESS

     The process involved in creating a 3-dimensional art sculpture, begins either with artwork, or a photocopy of the badge or emblem. From the artwork or photocopy, a model is created in polymer clay. Sculpting the model generally takes 30 to 40 hours, and is entirely made by hand.

 

     The model is then sealed and prepared for molding. A costly two part epoxy mix is then poured over the model, creating what is called an �elastomer�, or rubber mold. The mold is then poured with a Gypsum cement product called �hydrocal-White.� This very hard hydrocal cast is then detailed, dried and sealed in preparation for finishing. Many items are made in mix molds, even a hearing aid has its shell constructed from plastic in order to be durable whilst lightweight, and these badges are no different. Badges are generally spray painted with combinations of brilliant metal paints, and or acrylics, and then lettered to match the original. Emblems are generally entirely hand painted. Many artistic techniques are used in the creation of an art sculpture that mimics the original badge or emblem. The price of any given art sculpture reflects the time and materials required to create each piece.

 

     The finished art sculpture is then ready to be mounted on a piece of solid Red Oak. The Oak plaque is routed with a rounding-over bit that conforms to the shape of the sculpture, and then a medium stain is applied. Many hours of painstaking, detailed craftsmanship are put into each art sculpture, while using only the finest materials available. Custom adaptations, such as space for an engraved plate are possible. Creating new work, not as yet in my portfolio, require a minimum order of 8, to cover the cost of modeling and setup. Delivery time estimates are given at the time of order. Thank you for your interest in my art.

1-It starts with

artwork!

2-Clay prep for

modeling.

3-Sculpting the model.

4-Detailing

the model.

5-The finished

model!

6-Preping the

model for molding

7-A completed elastimer mold!

8- Casting

the mold.

9-Demolding

the sculpture

10-Detailing

the sculpture

11-Drying

the sculpture.

12-Emblems

are hand painted

13-Making a

board template

14-Cutting

the plaque.

15-Prep sanding

 for routering

16-Routering

the edge.

17-Surface sanding

 for staining

18-The assembly

line staining

19- accuracy

and detail!

20-Something to

be proud of!

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