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David's Head Will Roll

Posted on January 11 2019

We thought we'd share some behind-the-scenes videos just for fun!

As you've read in some of our previous newsletters, there are a lot of steps involved in making a sculpture. A while back we made the following video of casting the head of Michelangelo's David. Most of our pieces are cast hollow in order to be lightweight and are reinforced with burlap for durability. A sculpture the size of the bust of David requires a lot of forethought, planning, and strength to get the cast right.

The Casting of the Head of David by Michelangelo from Caproni Collection on Vimeo.

 

Whenever we cast the bust, like Nick is doing in the above video, we roll the plaster around in the mold while tilting it at different angles, so it's sure to fill every crack and crevice, such as the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. After years of lifting a large and clunky object, one of our casters (namely Luciano, though Martin is pictured in the video below) devised a more... inventive... method:

Rolling the head of David from Caproni Collection on Vimeo.

 

We always have fun in our workshop and wanted to share that with you! We hope you enjoyed these videos on casting the head of Michelangelo's David.



Warm regards,
Robert, Kathleen, Kayla and Lisa

 

 
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