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Bronze Casting Manual: Cast your own small bronze. A complete tutorial taking you step by step through an easily achievable casting project for professional sculptors and hobbyists. Paperback – March 21, 2012


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Bronze Casting Manual: Cast your own small bronze.  A complete tutorial taking you step by step through an easily achievable casting project for professional sculptors and hobbyists. + Practical Casting: A Studio Reference, Revised Edition + Lost-Wax Casting: Old, New, and Inexpensive Methods
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145158475X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451584752
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A New Zealander since 1987, French born Olivier Duhamel lives on Waiheke Island near Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Marie-France and their 3 children. He is a sculptor specialising in the female human form and makes delicately crafted small bronze figurines. Olivier Duhamel' s creations do not convey any particular message, do not attempt any conceptual or symbolist exploration, nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. They are rather trying to simply capture the beauty and sensuality of his subject of study. His bronze works are sold in art galleries across New Zealand and also in Australia, China, Canada, France and Belgium.

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A New Zealander since 1991, French born Olivier Duhamel lives on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, with his wife Marie-France and their 3 children.

The young Duhamel leaves France before his 20th birthday for extensive travels in Europe, in Africa and in the South Pacific. He arrives in New Zealand with his wife in 1986 and leads a successful 15 years career as a software engineer until 2002 at which times he resumes his artistic pursuits.

A self taught hobbyist and long time recreational draughtsman Mr. Duhamel has been a student of Chrystèle Legardinier (etching on copper plates - 1985) and of David Reid (sculptor and founder -2006). He has been a member of the Catherine Mitchell Life Drawing group since 2004.

His principal inspiration is the female nude which he depicts using graphite pencil on paper with great attention to details.

Since 2006, Olivier Duhamel also makes small figurative bronze sculptures. The rapid success of these classical and elegant figurines convinces him to become a full time sculptor.

Like few other sculptors, Olivier Duhamel casts his bronze himself in his Waiheke workshop. This allows him to keep full control over the entire creative process. He prides himself on the quality of his castings.

Olivier Duhamel publishes a "Bronze casting Manual" A complete tutorial teaching how to cast a small bronze using the ceramic shell, lost wax technique. The manual steps through an easily achievable casting project for professional sculptors and hobbyists.

Loyal to his inspiration of the human form figurative expression, Olivier also makes amazingly detailed and realistic custom life castings. He is the author of the popular "body casting manual", a guide explaining in easy to follow instructions everything one needs to know to make a faithful plaster reproduction of someone chest.

Olivier Duhamel' s creations do not convey any particular message, do not attempt any conceptual or symbolist exploration, nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. They are rather trying to simply capture the beauty and sensuality of his subject of studies.

His bronze works are sold in galleries across New Zealand and in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Paris, Marseilles, Nantes, Bruxelles and Shangai.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PTSideshow on August 5, 2010
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I have to say that in addition to the content/subject of this book, the fact that it was a print on demand book from Amazon. Caused me to order it. This is the new direction that people are taking in getting their work out there with a minimum investment of money.

The quality of the book along with the color photo's is very good. Matter a fact it is better than I was expecting. Plus on the last page it is dated the day that it was printed. Which was interesting.

After watching his video on casting some small bronzes, on U tube, the conversion of and successful application of a minimal furnace kiln structure as they do in the pottery field.

And the fast easy home made low cost crucibles, along with some of the other aspects of his and his mentors techniques for the waxes models, the thin shell ceramic molds. The simplified, melting, casting, and other procedures.

Made it a must read book!

I can safely say that by following the information in this book, not only is it low cost, but puts the casting of parts for model engines, shop projects, art projects with in the reach of everybody young or old.

From the use of the weed burner torch as a heat source, the koawool (ceramic fiber blanket) furnace shell. To the heavy duty BBQ tongs, welding gloves, face shield.

It is one of the best books on the subject and will I'm sure to be come the foundation standard of small time casting in the future.

It covers every part of the process starting with the bronze casting itself. Tools, materials and equipment, moving on to a Project overview and then to Process overview.

Before starting gives some tips and into before you jump into the project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Leeb-du Toit on May 18, 2010
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I loved this book. Much the same style as his previose body casting manual, which I also have. Great explanations, step by step processes and great pictures showing each step. I have already made a small bronze cast on a very small budget. He tells you exactly what you need to buy, how much to buy depending on what you are making.

Looking forward to the next book in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph on July 19, 2012
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Great, simple, easy to read book that gave an informative insight to bronzing. Great for someone just starting out. Helpful tips also. Still best to do a introductory class first, before trying this at home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sam on June 16, 2012
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Brilliant manual.Oliver takes one through each step very well and provides information in a clear manner.As a result of Olivers's instructions I am now getting good castings of my engine parts.Most recently I have cast two pistons for an engine I am rebuilding.I have also recently cast a beautiful elephant ornament.A must have manual for people interested in casting their own pieces.
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