Granite Sculptures

Written by Patty Yu
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Compared to other softer stones, granite sculptures are much more challenging to create. Granite is much harder than marble or limestone and requires special tools in order to remove chunks of the stone. These tools are usually very heavy steel chisels (that are not particularly sharp) in order to crack and chip the granite, rather than carve the stone.

What makes granite sculptures appealing, however, is that the stone is so hard, heavy, and durable. Granite sculptures and fountains can withstand outdoor exposure and are difficult to chip or break. After finishing the most difficult part of granite sculpting, which is to chip away undesirable pieces, the material can be polished to a beautiful and appealing high gloss.

Do You Want Granite or Bronze?

Although both bronze and granite sculptures represent people, animals, and objects with similar visual effect, the sculpting processes for both are extremely different. Granite sculptures are created by actually chiseling away pieces from a large slab of granite stone. Chunk by chunk, the artist removes unwanted granite until the desired shape is formed, buffed, and polished.

Bronze sculptures, however, are created through a series of models and molds. The subject is sculpted out of clay first, which is then used to make the first mold out of rubber. A second model is made by pouring wax into the rubber mold. The artist then uses the wax model to create a ceramic mold. Finally, molten bronze is poured into the ceramic piece, allowed to cool, sanded, polished, and then a patina is applied.

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