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Custom Mold Making Services

Would you like to make copy of a bust or sculpture in your house? If you already have a sculpture that you would like reproduced for yourself, we can create a custom mold for you. We can make molds of small objects or life-size statues and from these molds we can make reproductions of your originals. We can make as many castings you would like. When completed we will send them to you together with the mold and your original.

There are several ways this can be done. For very large objects, you can either ship them to us and we can ship them back to you with the included mold and castings. Or if it is cost beneficial, we could have our mold-maker come to your location with necessary materials and create the mold at your premises. For smaller sculptures it is best that you ship us the item. Our experienced mold makers will create the mold and when completed we can ship you back your original, the new mold and the new casting/s if required by you. If you would like to sell reproductions from the mold that we have made for you, we can also store the mold for you and make castings for you when you need them. We can then ship them either to you or to your customers. In short, our custom mold-making services are available to you for making molds and if required copies from your original objects.

Molds are typically composed of two layers. The inner layer is made of silicone rubber and is applied directly to the object that needs to be reproduced. Silicone is flexible material and perfectly captures all details. The outer layer of the mold is applied on top of the silicon layer and is made of a firm material such as plaster, cast stone, or hard resins. The two layers snug together to form a mold, which is a negative of the original object, a cavity in which casting material is later poured. When the casting material solidifies, a perfect replica is created. You can choose your casting to be made of cast stone or resin (either one can be painted to resemble marble or bronze finish), cold-cast bronze (which is real bronze powder mixed with resin), or a lost-wax bronze (which is true 100% bronze).

If you think you might benefit from such service, please contact us and we will give a free quote. Below are pictures of several examples of our past projects, which describe the process of creating a mold and castings from original sculptures.

Mold making and casting of a museum bust

The pictures below show the process of creation of a mold from original museum bust. This was done at the premises of the museum and our mold-maker performed the procedure in a room designated by the museum. The mold was then transported to our workshop where the final casting was created.

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1. Original museum bust
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2. Application of silicone rubber over the bust
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3. Creation of support shell over the silicone layer which would provide firm support for the silicone rubber
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4. Removal of the outer firm support shell layer
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5. Removal of the inner silicone rubber layer. All details of the bust are captured perfectly without any damage to it.
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6. Final casting from the mold. Identical reproduction of the original museum sculpture.

Modern cat sculpture mold and reproductions

The original modern cat sculpture is made of bronze. Customer sent us a 3D printed replica made of resin and we made a mold of it. The below sequence of pictures shows the process of creating a two-part silicone mold. Next, we used the mold to cast 3 reproductions made of cold-cast bronze (which is a mix of real bronze powder and resin). Finally, we coated the castings with black bronze patina to give it the same look as the original sculpture.

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Original modern cat bronze statue
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Building the mold: Splitting the 3D printed model with clay and creating keys
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Raising walls around the sculpture where the silicone will be poured
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After poured silicone cures the mold is flip to the other side
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Cavity is prepared where the second silicone pour would be
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When the second half silicone cures both halves are detached and the mold is completed
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One of the cold-cast bronze replicas made out of the 2-part silicone mold, identical to the original sculpture
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Three identical cold-cast bronze castings reproductions patinated with black bronze finish

Indian temple sculpture mold and 12 replicas painted realistically

This sculpture was once part of a temple in India. It is very ancient but it is unknown exactly how old it is. Customer plans on asking the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to examine and date it. But for now, he had sent us the sculpture and asked us to make a mold of it and 12 castings, painted realistically.

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Original ancient Indian sculpture sent to us to make a mold of, and multiple castings
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Constructing the wall of the 2-part mold
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Pouring of silicon rubber over the surface of the first half of the original sculpture
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After the first half hardened, the mold is flipped on the other size and silicone is poured over the surface of the other half
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Support shells are created over the silicone halves, to hold the silicone in place
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Completed 2-part mold captured all detail perfectly and the original ancient sculpture is preserved
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Each casting is painted by hand to reproduce the ancient patina of the original sculpture
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Completed castings reproductions of the original

Owl sculpture mold and 20 castings

Customer commissioned a mold to be made of an owl sculpture originally sculpted out of wood block by his grandfather. The owl sculpture is 9 inches tall x 4 inches wide and it was shipped to us. When the mold was successfully completed, we made 20 identical sculpture reproductions in white marble per customer’s request. The mold captured perfectly even the wood grains from the original model and these also appear on the otherwise smooth surface of the 20 reproductions.

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Modern nude statue mold and identical bronze reproduction

Owner of a modern nude bronze statue had a resin 3D printed replica made of his artwork and sent it to us. We then made a mold of the resin 3D printed replica and created a true bronze casting reproduction (middle picture below). Black patina was applied to the bronze casting as desired by the customer (right picture below). The 3D printed model and the final bronze casting were shipped to the customer.

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Original modern nude bronze statue
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Bronze casting reproduction made from custom mold
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Final bronze reproduction with black patina

Puerto Rican awards bronze sculpture molds and 20 bronze castings

Originally sculpted in 1982 by Puerto Rican sculptor Jose Buscaglia, this 12” tall bronze statue represents a family group of a father, mother and child holding a lamb. Jose Buscaglia was the first person to receive a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Harvard University in 1960 and he is also a founding member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico. Ancient Sculpture Gallery was commissioned by the Hope for Families and Children Foundation in New York to make mold and 15 bronze reproductions. We also placed all bronzes on a solid marble blocks.

The Hope for Families and Children Foundation also ordered 5 bronze reproductions of a second sculpture, which is used ad their “Raul Julia Award”. It is bronze relief with the face of well-known actor Raul Julia, who in 1991 and 1993 portrayed Gomez Addams in two film adaptations of The Addams Family. This statue measures 8” x 6” and was placed on a 6.5” x 3” x 2.5” black gloss mica base. Our reproductions were done also in bronze and we used heavier solid marble blocks for bases instead of mica.

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Original Family bronze statue of Jose Buscaglia
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Reproduction bronze sculptures of Family bronze and “Raul Julia Award” made from custom molds
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Reproduction bronze sculptures of Family bronze
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Reproduction bronze sculptures of Raul Julia Award
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If you need any kind of props for a documentary or a film, we may be able to help. Our artists can create for you virtually anything. Whether it is a sculpture, paintings, weapons, shields, helmets, decorations for your set, we can provide you with a custom quote. Just let us know your requirements. Museums, other institutions, or individuals can also take advantage of our mold-making services.