What makes a Sjöling bronze so extraordinary?
Particularly rare when considering the staggering complexities of all the stages involved, which is then again trebled by the bewildering intricacies of a skeleton.
You may also rest assured that any item with a Sjöling bronze will be utterly authentic, from battlefield relic to fully restored pro saxophone.
Such fragility would be an enduring ownership stress, hence Sjöling skeletons are constructed in sections. As such maintenance and transport can be broken down to easily managed pieces.
Providing this practicality without any degradation to the finished look has taken years to hone. All joints are effectively invisible.
Engineering at its most elegant, completely unseen.
However every finger has a multitude of positions, so each finger must be built up from individual bones. That’s a staggering 19 joints that require individual sculpting.
Consequently every piece, even within a limited edition, is individually handmade and unique.
In other words you can’t pull a barrel shaped bit of silicone mould out of a wax shape without breaking one or the other. This is why the nasal cavity is never true to form. The cavity is either blocked off entirely, or at best has a parallel hole through to the back of the soft palate. This also explains why most plastic boxes are smaller at the base than the lid.. it’s all about getting the product out of the mould without damage.
There is one way this can be done, however it trebles the time involved in producing a complete wax. Sjöling bronze skulls are made from multi part moulds, each one requiring a painstaking build, each one unique. Tools used come from the dentistry profession.
Extraordinarily difficult to achieve which is why it is rare to be seen in bronze.
Sjöling spines & ribcages are made from a staggering 49 individual moulds. That is one for every rib and vertebra from skull to pelvis. Building a vertebral spine with the fractional degrees of difference between each vertebra is a task that needs to be seen firsthand to comprehend. Only a genius or a madman would attempt it. To add further complexity, the spine is made in sections.
Incredibly, all finished Sjöling skeletons will stand in perfect balance on their own feet. Even our ‘Thinker’… take the chair away and the skeleton balances on 1 foot and some toes…