About William Miles

William Miles

Welcome to my Bronze Casting Workshop!

I use the lost wax Lost wax or investment casting is an ancient method of making a metal object from an original form shaped in wax. The wax model is put into a steel flask and encased with a silica plaster, also called investment. The flask is then heated in a kiln to melt and vaporize the wax, leaving a void in the shape of the model. Molten bronze is poured into the flask and fills the void, thus creating an exact replica of the wax form in metal. method to cast solid bronze sculptures of superhero, anime, and fantasy characters. My figurines are up to 20 centimetres tall and weigh up to a kilogram. Each work is individually cast and assembled.

My craft brings me a much satisfaction. Every casting embodies a human or scientific element that is beautiful.

The Journey to Bronze

So, why am I now casting bronze figurines?  It’s a curious story that began about three years before I retired from my professional career. At that time I had opportunity to play with oxyacetylene torches, hot kilns, and centrifugal casting units.

Swirling and reflective molten metal caught my fancy. The notion of durability and permanence came to mind; this is something that did not exist during my nearly 40 years in computing. Rapid changes in computer science and networking quickly invalidated any sense of a permanent solution or service.

With bronze, I realized that I could easily create and cast solid bronze artifacts like figurines, cannons, and other curiosities.  I now make things in metal and this perhaps leaves a more permanent legacy to my work.

Bronze Casting

Bronze is a warm metal that is substantive and durable.  It is my goal to produce about 100 pieces of work that will be a legacy for others to experience and enjoy.

I like to cast bronze objects that provoke and stimulate thought.  To see what my various projects are, explore my bronze castings. If you would like to see a select few of the anime garage kits that I have assembled and painted, look at my resin model gallery.

Pouring Bronze

Pouring Bronze

Fantasy Fairy

Fantasy Fairy

Rozen Maidens

Rozen Maidens

Minuet in G by Beethoven

Minuet in G by Beethoven

cannon

Bronze Cannon – circa 1780