While waiting for the new model to firm up a bit more as the moisture evaporates from the clay slowly to finish detailing, refining and cleaning up the design, a client contacted me about my Art Deco panel 8B and the possibility of casting 12 of them thin to be used as tiles in her bathroom remodelling project.
After exchanging several emails about her project and discussing options, costs, advantages, disadvantages, I decided this project would work best with these cast being made in resin which is strong, lightweight, can be cast thin, and will accept the paints I use for most of my finishes.
As the client wanted the Old Dirty Nickel finish that will work just fine. The main drawback for resin is it’s cost, even casting these panels only 1/2″ thick it will take 4-1/2 gallons of resin, which for that amount runs a little over $275. That cost is about $9 more per panel which must be added onto my normal price for the cast-stone i normally use, but one advantage will be the fact that the shipping will cost her less, and the panels can ship in 1-2 boxes instead of 6-12, so the additional cost is partly if not completely offset by savings in shipping costs.
Resin is too expensive and more labor intensive to use for large, deep sculptures, it just takes too much of it, it begins setting rapidly, has to be brushed or troweled into the mold, and other techincal issues.
It also does not accept stains as I use for one of my finishes.
Resins tend to work best for sculptures like my 8B, or other relatively flat or small pieces.
I am thinking about adding something in the 2 bottom corners, so those are left unfinished for now!
Update; I experimented with a raised area in each corner but decided I didn’t like how it looked afer all, so the corners are just mitered.
A bit of historical trivia, from the July, 12th, 1898 NY Times;
The new seal of the Board of Education was used for the first time yesterday.The design is an open book, resting against the torch of wisdom, and surrounded by a wreath of ivy. Around the wreath are the words: Board of Education, City of New York.”
After getting the shipment of 1000# of clay today, I started this new model of a collegiate gothic styled education symbol panel after one on Public School 27 which was demolished in 1976. PS 27 was built in 1906 and was located next door, West of the Daily News building on East 42nd st, NYC. CBJ Snyder was the architect.
The school was originally slated to be demolished in 1929, when it was only 23 years old! but the stock market crash forced plans for the site to vanish into thin air.
The model features a heavy bold frame reminiscent of the heavy frames used on large old oil paintings. Designed in collegiate gothic style, it frames the familiar education symbol’s open book, laurel leaf wreath and torch used by Universities, schools, libraries and other institutions of learning.
The symbol is used by the Board of Education, City of New York, and
this particular design is inspired by one used on PS 27, and other public schools in New York City.
FInished size of the panel should be about 23″ x 26″ and will be available in interior cast stone and concrete.
Inquiries are invited.
Here’s a series of 6 Art Deco panels made for a restored Art Deco theater in Dell Rapids, S.D. The panels will be installed in the lobby with 3 new poster display cases.
I needed to cut 4 of the panels down to fit the allotted space, an inch off the left and right sides as trimmed off.
As the theater is newly restored and cleaned, we decided a slightly toned down nickel/silver rather than my dirty nickel finish would be appropriate, “new” looking to blend with the rest, but having a toned down look with an ever so slight age.
I think they should blend in quite nicely.