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From wax to copper

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
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The art of sculpting a metal statue dates back centuries. In Nepal, lost-wax method is one of the oldest methods for crafting a metal statue that is still in use. A lot of time and skill is invested in each piece and a single statue can take 3-4 weeks to complete.

Photographer Gopen Rai captures the process of sculpting copper statues at the workshop of Srivatsa Handicraft in Lalitpur.

 

copper statue 1Craftsman Radheshyam Khadka gets ready for work.

copper statue bA craftsman creates a wax model called a masterpiece for the statue.

copper statue c1A metal sheet is heated to give the wax model the desired shape.

copper statue aThe craftsman shapes and contours the wax model using heated plates until the desired look is achieved.

copper statue cThe wax model is coated with several layers of clay and dung mixture and heated till the wax melts out and a hollow cast is made.

copper statue dCopper is placed in a container and heated till it melts.

copper statue e

copper statue fThe molten copper is then poured into the mold.

copper statue gOnce the metal is set, it is thrust into a container of cold water.

copper statue hThe clay is removed and craftsmen work on the details of each piece by hand.

copper statue i

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One Response to “From wax to copper”

  1. oswald on Says:

    Thank you for publishing. I knew the proces but didn’t see it in pictures. Good photograher in difficult circumstances.
    Merry Christmas from the Netherlands.
    With kind regards,
    Oswald


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