Turning Paper in to Bronze
Allen and Patty Eckman have developed an revolutionary process that allows the artists to turn their museum quality
paper creations into bronze while retaining the archival paper in its original state. This process is only available
through Eckman Fine Art and no other artists or foundry in the world knows how to do it. There are numerous benefits
to creating bronzes with this new Eckman Method.
Archiving the Original
Unlike clay, after the original museum quality cast paper sculpture is molded, the original immerges from the process
unharmed and after being properly cleaned is completely archival and can be used for display. So if a commission is
done this way there are two; the paper original and the bronze. The paper original is actually more like wood and leather
than paper. It is very strong and durable.
Lightweight and Strong Original
Unlike clay the original museum quality cast paper sculpture is lightweight and strong which affords many benefits to
the mold maker and commissioner alike. Life-size monuments weigh about 40-50 lbs and are easily transported without
forklifts and many individuals. The piece can easily be laid down for molding and even disassembled easily if necessary.
Greater Detail Without Compromise
Unlike clay, the original museum quality cast paper sculpture can have much higher detail. The Eckmans are known for
their detail and their method adapts beautifully to bronzes featuring detail and textures that simply are not possible
in clay. The process allows for more undercuts that can be molded in place or easily extracted from the original for
molding separately. Many artists have trouble with high detail items like rifles, buttons, insignias etc. So they mold
real or artificially made items. This is a compromise in the original clay sculpture that may or may not show up in the
finished bronze but the Eckmans sculpt the detail in the original work, which is a pure fine art medium, and there is no
Editions in Bronze and Paper
After the Eckmans create the original sculpture in paper to be molded, the sculpture is sealed. The mold is taken and the
original is archived. Now the mold can be used for limited editions in bronze as well as paper. The paper editions will
have much more flying detail than the bronze, such as individual strands of hair. But the paper editions will be less
costly because there is no foundry charge.