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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently answered questions

I have collected together, below, some of the more common questions I get asked. You might like to scan through to see of any of the answers will help you before contacting me. However, please feel free to email me with any particular queries you may have.

What is bronze?
Basic, traditional bronze is an alloy of tin and copper. Both these metals are inherently soft, but when mixed, or alloyed, they become much harder. Nowadays, the same result is achieved by mixing zinc with the copper, tin being a almost a 'precious' metal. These can be mixed in varying proportions depending on the colour and durability required. The less zinc there is in the alloy the softer the metal: when the proportion of zinc is around 15% the result is actually brass. Other metals can be added to the mix: phosphorus in a tiny amount will produce 'phosphor bronze' which is extremely hard; architectural bronze has a small amount of lead added to the mix.
Will a bronze figure withstand being outside all year round?
The particular 'recipes' for bronze can be adjusted to suit whatever the anticipated environmental conditions will be. So the answer is yes - provided that was what was intended for the piece. Bronze will develop its own 'patina' or thin oxidized surface layer which then protects the underlying bronze from corrosion. If you want a piece that is to be weather resistant, make sure you tell us when you place your order. We can then advise you appropriately.
Can you make a bronze specially for me from something I already have?
The answer has to be: possibly. But don't expect a fast turn around. It depends on what material the original is made from, its size and on our workload at the time. Bronze-founding is not an automatable process - to be done well it takes time and care. Email us with your idea and we'll happily discuss the possibilities with you.
I've got a piece of furniture with a handle missing. Can you replace it?
In theory yes. I practice the answer is much the same as that to the question above. Email us with your problem we'll discuss the possibilities with you.
Why are cold cast resins cheaper than your bronzes?
If you look at the Story of a Bronze you will se how involved is the process of casting bronze. Cold cast resins are much quicker to produce, use foul chemicals, and most importantly do not last as long as bronze. They become brittle and degrade in daylight - much more quickly in direct sunlight.
Can you cast my original sculpture in bronze?
The answer is almost certainly - yes. Email us with details and we'll discuss how we can turn your sculpture into an enduring bronze.
Where can I see and buy your bronze pieces?
You can look through our catalogue here.
Dinsdale Petch - Pouring the bronze