Every inspiration starts with detailed work in clay…
Jake is hands-on with his work at every step of creating bronze – designing, sculpting, mold making, waxing, casting, etc… All sculptures are cast in silicon bronze using the lost wax process technique. It has the ability to maintain excellent details, readily accepts a good range of patina treatments and stands up well under harsh conditions with very good resistance to corrosion. Jake works closely with bronze foundries taking part in the whole process, paying special attention to details. Each artwork is a unique composition, so each step of the lost wax bronze casting process requires forethought.
To produce a sculpture using the “Lost Wax” casting method takes considerable time and effort which is not fully appreciated just looking at the finished article. In order to prepare the original clay sculpture for molding, it will be dissected by cutting the clay. Then the rubber mold material is applied in a certain way. Once the rubber mold has been completed, a plaster or fiberglass “mother” mold is applied to the outside which will preserve the integrity of the rubber mold. After that, the original piece has to be removed from inside.
From this mold a wax pattern is produced by building several layers of the hot wax within the rubber mold. The wax pattern is a hollow duplicate of the original.