Category Archives: Work In Progress

This is a glimpse into the days spent by Mitch and Tanner at work, in Bozeman and beyond.

Keeper of the Keys

Keeper (sand) copy

 

Sneak Peak at…

“Keeper of the Keys”

The first of a few gargoyles I plan to do.

Metalwork is almost done. Just sandblasted,

ready for polishing, then patina.

Then off to the electrician…

King Frog

This Is a New Drinking Fountain For Beall Park.

A neigboorhood park in the north east side of

Bozeman, Mt.  It is the second Drinking Fountain

I have done for my town.  I am most thankful to the

City Of Bozeman, The wonderful people I have got work with

the other artist involved, as well as all the kids and sponsors.

I am not naming names,  For there are so many,

I wouldn’t want to leave any out.

King Frog

 

Sculpted out of wet clay, we just cut off the arm,

For the molding process.

King Frog Mold

 

After the mold is finished we are taking the plaster,

“Mother Mold” off.  Then the rubber.

P1010814

 

Rough Cast Bronze Panels, no bigger than 22″

Cast in about 28 pieces,

now they have to be tig welded together.

King Frog Billis

After about 40 hours of metal work

the frog is almost assembled…almost.

King Frog Billis

King Frog Billis

King Frog Billis

King Frog Billis

You can see where the panels come together

and have not been welded…

 

Garyole

Gargoyle Wing in Wax,  half the mold has been pulled off.

Gargoyle Wing in Wax, half the mold has been pulled off.

Gargoyle Head

Here you see the head on a wax cup,

Wax Gates, are holding the head to the cup.

Its hard to see, but in the back of the head,

there is a wax bar, that runs to the bottom of the cup.

After ceramic shell is built up, it will be fired.

Hung upside down,This will be a vent.

to allow the air to escape and…

The bronze to flow.

Gargoyle Hand

Hand Has Been Dipped into Slurry,

Then Rolled in Silica Sand,

About three times to get it to this step.

the tubes are inside to help

The slurry dry between coats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gargoyle

Mitch S. Billis puts the finishing touches on his latest piece, "The Gargoyle"

Mitch S. Billis puts the finishing touches on his latest piece, “The Gargoyle”

Coming Soon!

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Gargoyle Armature

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Tangle Copper Mirror

“Rolling Thunder”

S.L.A.M.’s 2012 Winter Showcase of the Arts.

Come See Mitch and Tanner at S.L.A.M.’s 2012 Winter Showcase of the Arts. You can see there latest pieces.  They will be there Saturday December 1st from 11 am to 8pm, perfect for you “strollers.” On Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Second floor, above Rocking R Bar. Encouraging you to shop local this holiday season.

-Billis Fine Art