Betz Art Foundry provides all of the art foundry services you need to successfully complete your bronze casting projects. Owner and artist Lori Betz combines her talents with the services of Miguel Macias, a Foundry Master with 25 years of experience. You can trust your fine art project to us.
We offer competitive pricing and estimates. Just send us a picture or a detailed sketch of the art work that you would like cast. For an accurate quote, include the dimensions, a description of the surface texture, your preference of patina and polished surfaces, and the quantity of castings you desire. We will email and call you with an estimate. It is that easy!!
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Mold Making. Our team of expert mold-makers can mold your artwork with brush-on or poured silicone molds with fiberglass or plaster jackets, depending upon your casting requirements and budget.
Properly deciding where to devide the sculpture for casting is very important to the final integrity of the work of art and our foundry master, Miguel Macias, has over 25 years experience in sculpture casting. Usually a rubber mold is created using A high quality silicone rubber with either a fiberglass or plaster “mother mold” or casing which allows for us to make a hollow wax impression of the original sculpture. Split pattern molds consist of a top section that is called a cope and a bottom section called a drag. Both mold types, solid and split pattern,have a core that is inserted to complete the mold. This is an important part of the molding process because it creates cavities and angles. We pay great attention to details so that you as an artist have a final sculpture that is true to the original. click here to see the whole mold making process
Lost Wax Casting. We are experts at casting all sorts of artworks using only the finest grade of silicon bronze. Next the mold is used to create a wax replica. The wax replica is made by pouring 3-5 coats of heated wax into the rubber mold, temperatures and timing are critical to make a wax that will be exactly the right thickness and will retain all the details of the original. We then work on a refine the wax replica for any imperfections. Some artists like to work on the wax replicas at this stage or even to add elements to the sculpture. Numerous wax replicas can be pulled from a single mold.
The wax replicas will have to be dipped in a ceramic shell so that the wax can be melted out and the bronze poured in. But first each wax replica must have wax rods and fummels attatched to for path ways for the bronze to flow in and the air to escape when the wax is melted out of a ceramic shell.
After the wax is melted out of the shell the replica is ready for the bronze to be poured in. Betz Art Foundry only uses the highest quality silicon bronze for our sculptures. After the bronze has cooled the ceramic shell is chipped away and cleaned off and the metal is chased and polished and all pieces all reassembled and refined with small hand tools to preserve the finest of detail.
Patination. We can create and apply a wide range of patinas to your cast bronze artworks. Bronze Patination or Distressing: This process allows bronze to be tarnished through chemical or oxidation process. The bronze is often colored though a serious of oxides and carbonates that are formed on the surface. As these particulates accumulate, the surface colors changes. The chemical process, or patination, has our statues covered until the desired affect is achieved. Our talented patina artists offer a wide variety of choices and unique colors to satisfy your needs as an artist.
Project Consulting and Enlargement. We are happy to sit down with you and go over your specific needs for your project. We can enlarge your sculpture or reduce it and help you to save time and money in the process. We can have your maquette digitally sacnned by a a comptureized 3D scanning technology that is extremely accurate. We can then have a foam replica made in any size. The artist can then use this replica as an armature or we can simply spray it with clay or coat it in wax and make your casting directly from this figure or the artist can then work on the piece and refine it to what they desire.
From small to monumental, Betz Art Foundry can help you find the process and technology that you need to complete your fine art project.
We love to do commissions! Memorials, Busts, Sculptures of your children or pets. Free consultations and quality work at affordable prices. Just call or email us to discuss your project.
Please call us to set up an appointment (713) 576-6954
Shipping. We safely ship artworks all over the world using foam packaging system. For larger bronze sculptures, we construct wood crates in-house