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  Le Blanc Fine Art Bronze Foundry  
Lloyd Le Blanc, with his fellow sculptor and partner, Judith Holmes Drewry, created the successful Le Blanc Fine Art Foundry at the Manor House in a tiny Leicestershire hamlet, where Judith was born. It was here, that for over 35 years they made their family home and place of work.

They developed the old farm buildings to house a bronze foundry, workshops and studios. Lloyd gathered an in-house team of craftsmen with diverse skills and created a technically advanced bronze foundry where all his work is made.
Dennis Westwood Sculpture   Simon Manby Sculpture   Kennith Ford Sculpture   Sidney Harpley Sculpture
   Dennis Westwood
     Simon Manby
     Ken Ford
     The late Sidney Harpley
Bronze Lost Wax Process - Sculpture in clay   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Prep for the mould   Image to come soon!   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Pouring the rubber
The Sculpture in Clay

The sculptor makes the sculpture in clay, over a metal armature.
Prep for the Mould

The clay sculpture is then cut into segments and painted with an oil residue, then clay sheets are placed over the segments.
Building the Mould

The clay sheets are then encased by a thick layer of plaster. Once the plaster is dry, the clay sheets are removed from between the segments of the plaster.
Rubber Negative of Sculpture

Rubber is then heated and poured into the plaster to fill the gap of where the clay sheets were, encasing the sculpture in rubber - this is then allowed to cool.
Bronze Lost Wax Process - Applying the wax   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Sculpture in wax   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Gating   Bronze Lost Wax Process - The Dip
Applying the Wax
Molten wax is then painted into the rubber mould sections to a suitable thickness.
Sculpture in Wax
When the wax is cooled, it is peeled away from the rubber and the different sections are put together to produce the sculpture in wax.

The wax sculpture is cut into suitable sections for casting. Wax runners and vents are attached to the sculpture pieces with a pouring cup on the top.
The Dip
The prepared waxes are dipped in a ceramic liquid and stuccoed with a refractory material six times to provide a strong ceramic shell.
Bronze Lost Wax Process - The Furnace   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Lost Wax   Bronze Lost Wax Process - The Ram-up   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Bronze Pour
The Furnace
Once the ceramic shell has dried the shells are placed into a furnace.
Lost Wax
The furnace is heated to 700 degrees to flush all the wax out, leaving an empty ceramic mould.
The Ram-up
The hot ceramic moulds are placed in a sand box which is then filled with sand to support the moulds. The box is then vibrated to pack the sand.
Bronze Pour
The electrical induction furnace melts the bronze to 1120 degrees. Once this is up to temperature the molten metal is poured into the ceramic shells.
Bronze Lost Wax Process - Chip Out   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Metal Shop   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Patina   Bronze Lost Wax Process - Finished sculpture
Chip Out
When cooled the ceramic shells,
now filled with bronze, are chipped off leaving the sculpture pieces together with the runners etc., in bronze.
Metal Shop
The runners are cut off and the sculpture sections are then sand-blasted and welded together.
The completed metal sculpture is then sandblasted and painted (oxidising the surface of the metal with heat and acids to produce colours).
Wax Coat
A wax coat is then applied and the sculpture polished, giving the final look desired.
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