Acrylic has been around since the 1800's but it wasn't until artists such as Archipenko, Calder and Nevelson began using the material in their artwork did it become popular. Their work was constructed from acrylic in the form of sheets and rods, however these visionary artists paved the way for the cast acrylic we use today. The advancements in technology allow us to utilize a monomer and polymer combination to create a pourable liquid. The material we use, when cared for properly will not crack, fade or yellow.
Our clients find the durability of the medium and its optical clarity allow for another dimension to their work such as a refractions, colors and textures. The medium can colored, frosted, texturized, polished and items can be imbedded within. These are some of the unique qualities that can be utilized when working in acrylic.
With acrylic, what is in / on your mold is transferred into the sculpture, therefore mold making is a critical component in the acrylic casting process. It is not forgiving like bronze.
The process begins with your mold. The acrylic is carefully measured, and then poured into the mold. Next we transfer the mold into the autoclave, which can accommodate projects as large as 25' (feet). Once the pressurizing and heating phases are complete, the item is removed from the autoclave, de-molded and hand finished to the client's specifications. Depending upon the size of the project, this process can take 4-8 weeks.
Moonscape by Michael Wilkinson
There are times when a project is so unique that our clients document the process, Luke was one such client. The title of this short video is "A Case for the Beard". How he handles the birth of his baby and his beard may surprise you, as it surprised us!