About William Miles

William Miles

Welcome to my Bronze Casting Workshop!

I am a mad scientist. I make wax body parts and I cast and assemble cute bronze figurines and other bronze curiosities. And I cast odd things like 18th century bronze cannons, too.

At one time I was a computer scientist and a professor. I managed and deployed enterprise computer systems for government and large corporations. It was all about solving information problems for better decisions.

Now, I cast solid bronze figurines of cute characters using 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 for my bronze castings. My figurines are up to 20 centimeters tall and weigh up to a kilogram. Each work is individually cast and assembled.
 

The Journey to Bronze

So, why am I now casting bronze figurines?  It’s a curious story that began in 1995 with Sailor Moon, a Japanese animation series.  Anime Anime is an art form from Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Anime characters have huge eyes, colorful hair, and adorable characteristics. My bronze anime figurines are each cast individually and are like a flower; they exist for a brief time and once they are gone all you have left are the memories. is what  brought me to garage kits A garage kit is a scale model kit, often of a female anime character, produced by amateur hobbyists. The parts are most commonly cast in polyurethane resin. As the market expanded professional companies began making similar kits. Sometimes a distinction is made between true garage kits, made by amateurs, and resin kits, manufactured commercially by larger companies. and into modelling, and this in turn led me to cast bronze figurines of cute anime characters.  Sailor Moon was a vastly different story from super heroes or Disney. I thought the Japanese culture was unique; the heroes were people that were fallible and could even die; and the anime genre would explore relationship concepts that were foreign in western culture.

Later, 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 rarely happens with computer systems. I quickly realized that I could easily cast solid bronze artifacts like figurines, cannons, and other curiosities.  This brings my modelling to a new level.  I am now making 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, take a look at my bronze artwork. If you would like to see some of the anime garage kits that I have assembled and painted, look at my resin model gallery or my personal website.

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