BRONZE V RESIN BRONZE
BRONZE VERSUS RESIN BRONZE
A bronze sculpture is cast in a foundry. This is a skilled and time-consuming process, the metal sculpture produced is virtually indestructible. Bronzes have been rescued from the sea after centuries.
Resin bronze is a cast in which the mould is painted with finely ground bronze in resin. It is then filled solid with almost anything inert, often including iron filings which are heavy and make the sculpture feel like real bronze. This process does not need special equipment and is much cheaper to produce. In appearance it can be difficult to distinguish from real bronze. It will last until it is dropped.
Most bronzes are in limited editions. !0 is a common number but some are much bigger and some are unique. This of course affects the value. Sometimes the mould will tear before the full number has been cast, especially if it is a complicated structure. New moulds can be made if there is a good original version of the sculpture.