Posts Tagged ‘bronze’

Spelunking

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Spelunking, joined view, by Amy Crook

Spelunking, joined view, by Amy Crook

Continuing the series of little bronze people, these two are taking a fairly standard position but using an alternate entry point. If I recall correctly, this is the figure that had a problem with the orifice in question closing up during casting. The shop tech was highly amused to watch me clamp her in a vice and drill her open with the big metal drill press. As a result the fit between them isn’t quite as close as some of the others, but it still works for them.

Spelunking, approx. 4″w x 10″l x 7″h when joined.

Spelunking, separated view, by Amy Crook

Spelunking, separated view, by Amy Crook

I’ve often considered continuing the series exploring other sexual paradigms, but the foundry I was using at the time has since closed. Perhaps one of these days my muse will demand I find a new way to create them. For now, there’s still one more couple and at least one more single figure to be posted before the series is done, and possibly more of the singles if I can dig up some good photos of the ones that were sold.

Categories: Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books
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Submission

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Submission, front view, by Amy Crook

Submission, front view, by Amy Crook

This is another of my small bronze figures, and in her pose she’s small enough to fit heavily into one hand. The texture of her hair was created by painstakingly building up wax layer after layer in drips and drizzles, shielding her face from view while leaving the long line of her back bare. She kneels in a submissive pose with her hands held behind her, unbound.

Her patina has darkened with age and handling from a nutty brown to a deep mahogany, and her matte finish tends to swallow the light, adding an air of mystery.

Submission, approx. 3″w x 3″d x 4″h, not for sale.

Submission, back view, by Amy Crook

Submission, back view, by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books
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All Tied Up

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

All Tied Up, assembled view, by Amy Crook

All Tied Up, assembled view, by Amy Crook

This is the third of my bronze people series, another female domination pose with very extreme bondage indeed this time. I sculpted the male figure as usual, and then wrapped the whole thing in waxed twine, which I then also used for the woman’s hair. I ended up fattening certain parts of his anatomy to match up with his newer, more buffed-up figure — the rope added a lot to his general size while keeping the contours of his shape.

All Tied Up, detail, by Amy Crook

All Tied Up, detail, by Amy Crook

Like the previous set, these two come apart and fit together like rather naughty toys. These two are much more straightforward in how they fit, and she can also do a somewhat awkward reverse cowgirl over his eager mouth.

All Tied Up, disassembled view, by Amy Crook

All Tied Up, disassembled view, by Amy Crook

All Tied Up, cast bronze approx. 12″ long x 4″ wide x 6″ tall when joined, $1399 with free shipping.

Categories: Daily Art, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books
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With Bows On

Friday, July 16th, 2010

With Bows On by Amy Crook

With Bows On by Amy Crook

This is the second in my series of little bronze people, and as you can see they got quite a bit more risque. This couple, like all my paired people, comes apart at the point of contact.

With Bows On by Amy Crook

With Bows On by Amy Crook

They take a little twist to fit together, and I think of them like really porny Legos — though I’m pretty sure Lego wouldn’t be too happy about the comparison. Plus, they only go together one way.

Both figures were hand-sculpted in wax with a few extra details. The man has been decorated with waxed ribbon that cast into bronze, his package, eyes and hands all bound up in pretty bows. The woman has one high heel made of carpet tacks that fused into the bronze, the other seems to have gotten lost along the way — fitting, really, for the sort of activity they’re engaging in.

With Bows On by Amy Crook

With Bows On by Amy Crook

As with all the people in this series, there’s only select detail in the figures, she has one hand with distinct fingers while the other lacks discrete digits, and they only have the merest suggestion of faces.

These are, of course, only sold as a pair.

With Bows On, cast bronze approx. 7″ long x 5″ wide x 6″ tall when joined, $1299 with free shipping.

Categories: Daily Art, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books
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Fallen

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Fallen, top view, by Amy Crook

Fallen, top view, by Amy Crook

I have a whole series of little nude people in singles and pairs, several of which I’ve already sold over the years. Unfortunately this is one instance where my terrible photography skills come into play, since it’s hard for me to capture the nuances of texture and color in these pieces. They were all created in a soft, malleable wax and then cast in bronze using a method that destroys the original, so they’re one of a kind. The color comes from a chemical patina that has slowly developed with age. All of the figures in this series are in the same scale, though many of them have a rather more adult theme — I’m starting tame.

This particular figure always reminded me of a fallen angel, and though I had several ideas for adding wings over the years, I ended up liking him as is. He’s designed to lay on his face on a flat surface, but you can see the front of the figure is fully detailed, below, except for the actual faces, which I left eerily blank. I keep him displayed on a black surface under my glass coffee table, a subtle surprise for anyone who notices it. Not that I have a lot of people over, heh.

Fallen, approx. 11″x4″x1.25″ bronze sculpture, $699 with free shipping.

Fallen, bottom view, by Amy Crook

Fallen, bottom view, by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books
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Key to My Heart

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Key to My Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

It’s been a long time since I had a chance to cast in bronze, but I still have a few pieces left. In this one, a small, abstracted figure stands on a strange landscape of texture and shape, with a small keyhole in the center of his chest.

The entire sculpture is actually quite small — the figure is a bare 2″ tall, and his unusual landscape is 5″x7″ at its widest points, and 3″ tall where it curls up behind him.

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

I left on most of the random textures created by the casting process, and in fact the cavity from which the piece gets its name was created by the shrinking of metal away from the sprue at the point of contact. The hollow made such a perfect keyhole shape that I decided to keep it rather than filling it in.

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

Key to My Heart by Amy Crook

The colors were created with a combination of chemical patina that was heated with a blow torch until it bonded with the metal, and the passage of time and the oils from being held by human hands. It will continue to evolve as the piece is exposed to handling and the environment, the browns growing richer and the patterns changing subtly.

Key to My Heart, 3″x5″x7″ cast bronze.

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, People, Figures and Faces, Whimsical and Strange
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Handle With Care

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Handle With Care by Amy Crook

Handle With Care by Amy Crook

I did a lot of experimenting in my bronze casting days, some of which was more successful than others. Most of the failed experiments got reclaimed and melted down into new art, and these were one that I was just never quite sure about. They’ve grown on me over the years as they’ve acquired a softer texture with age and handling, and now I’m quite fond of them.

The original idea behind them was to make something that, while visually interesting, was best viewed with the hands. The experience of handing the heavy bronze objects, feeling their fingertip-size curves and interesting little deviations is entirely different from just viewing them, and one that’s hard to convey over the internet. They start out cold but warm to the touch, their surfaces hover on the border of smooth and rough — the ones with the turquoise patina seem almost enameled, while the plain bronze ones are softer almost like a raw silk. The smaller ones make interesting worry stones, while the larger ones are heavy enough to demand your full attention.

I created two different models in clay and made molds, then created these six pieces from them — you can see the similarities among the three moon-shaped curls, and then the largest one also has two smaller cousins taking different halves of itself. When finishing them, I tried to enhance any imperfections from casting, smoothing and enlarging them so that they added textural interest without any unpleasantly pointy surprises.

I keep them in this little pot from my distant past, with just the biggest one peeking out the top to intrigue people. I especially like the little hollow loop at the tip of #2 below, which is the right piece in the second row above.

Handle With Care, 6 pieces in bronze, various sizes from 2.5″ in diameter to 2.5″x1.5″, weighing 11 oz to 28 oz apiece.

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art
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