What is Cold-Cast Bronze?

Know Your Bronze

When people see the word 'bronze' in the description of a statue or figurine, most automatically think bronze metal.  But this is not necessarily the case.

There are 2 types of bronze; Cold-cast Bronze and Hot-cast Bronze.  These terms are not interchangeable.  They are both completely different.

Cold-cast bronze, also known as bonded bronze, is a mixture of resin and bronze metal powder. Sculptures made of cold-cast bronze are created by pouring the resin/bronze mixture directly into a mould.  

Hot-cast bronze refers to metal that is melted at extremely high temperatures and then poured into a mould. The lost wax method of casting is a highly skilled, complex, time and labour intensive process.  This, combined with the cost of the raw material (copper and tin), is why hot-cast bronze is much more expensive than cold-cast bronze.