Charles deVries sculpture artist

My professional life as a chef and pastry chef has given me opportunities 
to create sculptures in edible mediums of chocolate and sugar.
Working with clay, silicone and the cold-cast bronze process 
has brought a new life to my creativity 
in a more permanent form.

Photography allows 
me the opportunity to see the world 
through a lens and capture it's beauty.

Coldcast Bronze Process

Achieving similar results to the ancient process of bronze sculptures, the cold-cast process does not require a forge.

A clay form is sculpted, coated with layers of silicone.
The silicone mold with the encapsulated clay is coated with plaster to produce a hard "mother mold" to keep the mold in place.
The clay form is then removed from the silicone.

 The inside of the mold is coated with a thin layer of bronze metal powder.
Acrylic resin is poured into the mold and allowed to set.
The casting is removed from the mold and lightly coated with a colored metal wax for patina.
After the wax has hardened, the form is lightly buffed with fine steel wool, then coated with protective spray enamel.

Each piece has a felt bottom or backing.
Hanger wires are inserted in back of pieces that are meant to hang.

Clay sculpture
Clay sculpture coated with silicone rubber
Plaster mother mold for silicone mold
Cast sculpture removed from mold
Cast sculpture coated with metal wax
Cast sculpture after buffing with steel wool