Making the Mold: A Demonstration in the Art of Lost Wax at the EXPO

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Join us on March 17th at 1:00pm at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, as Tom Martin of Luna Bronze & artist Hal Stewart will demonstrate clay mold making for all the patrons.

Join us on March 17th at 1:00pm at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, as Tom Martin of Luna Bronze & artist Hal Stewart will demonstrate clay mold making for all the patrons.

Tom Martin, owner of Luna Bronze Foundry in Heber City, Utah, and sculptor Hal Stewart, will be demonstrating a 5000 year old process know as ‘Los Wax’. Stewart life size sculpture ‘Pima Basket Carrier’ stands over 8ft tall and will be divided into approximately 8 to 10 segments for producing the molds.
Each clay piece is painted with a synthetic rubber, covered with a plaster shell, which becomes a ‘negative’ of the original clay sculpture. This process involves pouring wax inside the rubber mold, creating a ‘positive’ mold. Not until the wax has cooled is the rubber form pulled away. The molds will then be sent to Luna Bronze Foundry for the completion. Once it arrives the fabrication begins, which is dipping the wax mold into a ceramic solution to harden then placed into a high temperature furnace. During this process the wax melts out leaving a hollow ceramic mold. Bronze is melted to a molten state and ready to be poured into the ceramic cast, left to harden and cool. Once the bronze has solidified and cooled completely, the ceramic shell can be chipped away, revealing an exact replica of the original clay statue.
This mold making method is educational and open to the public for a great learning experience to be enjoyed by the entire family.

What:        Clay Mold Making Demonstration
When:    Saturday, March 17th - Beginning at 1pm
Where:    Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Address:    26540 N. Scottsdale Rd - SW corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Roads
Directions:    5 miles north of Loop 101 & 5 miles south of Carefree
Admission:    Mention the Mold Demonstration for free admission.
For more Info:Call 480-837-7163

March 17th is also Veterans Day at the EXPO.
The Arizona Fine Art EXPO celebrates and thanks our U.S. Veterans by offering FREE ADMISSION. The other event taking place is “Painting Live Ponies”. Horses Help charity will transport their ponies to the biggest live horse painting event of the year in Arizona. Renowned artists, Bob Coonts and Gene Dieckhoner, both previous winners of retired collectable sculptures of the Trail of Painted Ponies and participating artists at the EXPO, will paint the larger pony. The participating veterans from the charity American Healing Arts Foundation, will paint the second pony and The Children of Fallen Heroes will paint the miniature pony. Attending veterans are welcome to join in. The horses are painted with tempura paint, which is harmless to animals.    The gathering will take place in the 2-acre sculpture garden at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, from 1pm to 5pm.

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