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Resources and Competences Foundery

 

Competences

 

 

Many techniques are used at the Foundry; from sand moulding through to the very old technique of melting with lost wax, which is still used today. In order to respond to the needs of modern day sculptors, the Foundry is equipped with a workshop for coppersmithing and sheet metal crafts.

 

Our teams are fully qualified and also have long standing skills and knowledge; they are capable of proposing innovating technical solutions to respond to even the most complex works. We study the projects in order to determine the techniques the best adapted, especially concerning the size of the work to be executed (sand casting, lost wax, sheet metal…)

 

The Foundry, knew early on how to adapt techniques, the procedures and the materials used in order to be of service to the sculptor. The acquired experience allows us to accompany our clients from the beginning of their project through to the final placing on site. Right from the start, our teams take into account the artist’s wishes, but also the technical constraints and necessary logistics connected to the shape of the final work, its size and where it will be exhibited.

 

We also restore old works, in bronze and/or with copper chasing or repousse, or again work with metal chasing with bronze trappings. We also assure the production and creation of contemporary work in laminated metal.

 

We carry out the enlargements and reductions of the works ourselves. Our casts are conceived to be used 12 times (the bronze originals are numbered). The Foundry is equipped with a patina workshop, which is capable of proposing any finish that the artist requires.

 

Equipment

 

The Foundry has at its disposal all the means, both human and material, to treat all traditional techniques of moulding, bronze casting and the creation of pieces in copper, steel and other alloys. Artists can also create their original work on site as the Foundry also has the possibility to welcome and accommodate them at the Foundation de Coubertin itself.


Drawing and design

 

 

Our design department undertakes the analysis and calculations necessary to make the framework in order to define the choice of techniques the best adapted to the accomplishment of the work and also for its future transportation.


Execution of a model

 

 

We reproduce the enlargements and reductions directly from the original work, drawings or scale models. Our models can be made in wax, plaster, clay…. We use, when necessary, digital instruments and 3D prototyping.


Moulding

 

Mastering and understanding moulding is one of the strong points of the Foundry de Coubertin. Our teams can mould using practically any material (wool, cardboard, wood, plants….). The moulding techniques used depend upon the size of the work taking into account the desired effect of the initial material. We offer advice concerning the choice of the different techniques.

Smelting

 

The methods we use for bronze casting depends upon three different techniques: bronze casting with a ceramic shell, a block mould or a sand mould. We are capable of producing pieces of work weighing 10 tons in a single flow. The Foundry has at its disposal great knowledge in the composition of alloys and produces excellent quality bronze which comes from time honoured compositions.


Chasing

 

 

This work intervenes after the casting and allows us to perfectly reconstruct the original model in the places which were in contact with the pins, etc…. This work is done by respecting the original model and may be checked by the artist.

Patina

 

 

The Foundry de Coubertin has the benefit of great knowledge in the application and composition of patinas, of colouring the bronze by the traditional method while the bronze is still hot. This stage allows us to find the original finish of the work, or to define exactly that desired by the artist. The Foundry carries out restoration of patinas of art works of a later date.


Restoration in brass / Laminated metals

 

 

To respond to the needs in contemporary sculpture and that of restoring monuments, the Foundry de Coubertin has been able to conserve the techniques of repoussé. By using the traditional sheet metal forming methods, we are able to adapt to the imposed dimensions while reducing the delay and offering competitive prices.

 

Concerning restoration, we begin with a diagnostic following the historical and iconographical study of the monument and analysis (by endoscope and gammagraphy) of the material and the internal structure. Then, by applying the traditional techniques of foundry and coppersmithing we build new, resistant frameworks. We pay particular attention to restore a piece of work by conserving its original aspect in every way.

 

The Foundry is competent in its knowledge of restoring old work (the fountains of the Chateau de Versailles, the archangel of the Mont Saint-Michel). We carry out our own studies and calculations to re-produce old works from sketches or drawings.

 

 

Accompanying services and installation

 

The company has its own resources which allow it to follow a project from its conception through to installing it on site. Our teams of technicians can intervene anywhere in the world. We also take charge of all the aspects of logistics connected with installation, in France as abroad, for works of all dimensions.

 

 
Last update : 11/09/2014