Casting Materials


Hello there! We are continuing our series on sculpture casting materials. In this blog we will discuss and give you some examples of Tuffstone.

Boreas The North Wind Bust Sculpture

Boreas The North Wind Bust Sculpture

When it comes to plaster casting, Tuffstone is the crème de la crème. No other quality is comparable  in the world of plaster casting. What makes Tuffstone so superior? Well, one positive aspect is it’s great durability without the chalkiness that is found in other plaster compounds. Despite the great durability we do not recommend Tuffstone pieces for outdoor use. Another aspect that sets Tuffstone apart is the availability of other finishes. Note the rustic finish of the Boreas the North Wind Bust Sculpture, if the cast were a traditional plaster this finish would not be possible.

Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire collection. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Have questions about our casting material, get in touch! Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

 

The Statue.com Gallery has a wide range of casting materials to fit any decor need. Sometimes those choices can be a bit overwhelming. What is the difference between cast-stone or designer-resin? How about Tuffstone or Durastone? What materials work well for outside compared to materials that will reside indoors? We will help you step by step to understanding the different materials and choose the perfect one for your needs.

Bonded Carrara Marble

Florentine Pieta Michelangelo Statue 12

Florentine Pieta Michelangelo Statue 12″ High

The Northern Italian quarry of Carrara is noted for the white marble produced. The marble resin compound is created by crushing small pieces of Carrara marble that are not otherwise usable. The resin gives the marble powder an added strength superior to the natural stone. The statues consist of approximately 70% – 80% marble powder and the remainder being resin. Bonded marble compares favorably to its natural marble counterpart. The surface texture is nearly identical. The coloring of bonded marble is a consistent white whereas the natural Carrara marble is slightly off white with subtle gray streaking in some cases. It weighs approximately 90% of the weight of natural marble but is superior in strength.

Does the famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti ring a bell? Michelangelo used Carrara marble as his preferred sculpting material, including The Pieta and The David.

The care of Bonded Carrara Marble is fairly simple and usually just requires a simple dusting from time to time. It is significantly less porous than pure marble.

Designer-Resin

Athenian Wing Sculpted Wall Frieze

Athenian Wing Sculpted Wall Frieze

These sculptures are created by casting products of fiberglass resin, (a very durable synthetic polymer), in well-made molds. One of the most suitable casting materials for outdoor/indoor use. These pieces weather well in rain but when the temperatures dip below freezing it is best to bring them indoors.

Designer Resin is also significantly lighter than it’s cousin cast stone, thus reducing shipping costs. The finish of these pieces are easily customized.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we discuss Tuffstone and Durastone!

Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire collection. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Have questions about our casting material, get in touch! Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen