I can finally share this because my customer received it. This was a very long project. I've never made any non- jewelry, larger size sculpted pieces. This was my very first, and I think I nailed it! Custom made, one of a kind, no longer for sale, Star Trek insignia sculpture with a skull partially melted by radiation (you gotta be a Star Trek fan to get the reference). So many trials and fails, and finally I got it right. Thanks for believing in me :-)
Stage 1: Modeling and Sculpting Wax
Fist drafts of the insignia. Originally I made it longer then realized that proportionally it wasn't right, so I cut the nose, made it shorter and it made it look just right.
Stage 2: Lost Wax Casting
This is the look of any piece that comes straight from a kiln. This one was made of white bronze so it looked like a slab of concrete.
Stage 3: Oxidization
This is the oxidization stage - does not look pretty at all. Plus liver of sulfur smells like rotten eggs.
Stage 4: Polishing and Buffing
I didn't do too much polishing and buffing on this particular piece. The customer want it to look worn out and old.
Stage 5: Final Product
And finally, the end result. Can be used as a desktop sculpture or paperweight.
The skull is partially melted into the insignia as if destroyed by radiation. The skeleton hands are hugging the piece as if still trying to protect it.
When standing, it looks even cooler.