Armik's Fine Collectables
Add a descrIt is a combination of various fine metals such as lost wax bronze, fine pewter, brass, copper, 24 karat gold vermeil and various hot torched acid patinas such as black nickel, rose copper, turquoise patinas to highlight the sculpture. In addition, the sculpture may contain embellishments such as Lucite.
The original sculpture is delivered to the foundry by the artist in the form of plasticine. Working models are created from the originals by Starlite master moldmakers. In the old world tradition, the master mold is then created. Once the mold is complete, molten metal is poured into the cavities in the mold and left to cool to room temperature. Each part is then removed from the mold, cleaned, assembled, and hand tooled until it looks exactly as the artist created it.
Patina is definitely not a paint. A patina is created by the application of certain chemicals which oxidize the metal during the hot-torching process. The combination of heat and acid etch into the metal, producing a rainbow of color finishes. The color produced by the patina becomes one with the metal. What Is Lucite? An optically clear, hand-crafted material that has the ability to be reformed into any desired shape. Several magnificent finishes-from crystal clear when polished have the desira
A sculpture consists of many component pieces produced from master molds. After a time, a mold will "burn", or lose its detail. At this point, new molds are produced and first parts from these new molds are personally inspected and approved by the artisans. These personally approved sculptures, or "Artist Proofs", are used as working masters for Starlite craftsmen. The number of Artist Proof (AP) sculptures in an edition ranges from 10-15% of the edition size. Artist proofs are numbered as follo
For a particular sculpture to be "sold out", the entire edition must be sold. A retired sculpture is one that is no longer created, but the edition has not sold out. The mold has been burned and production has been stopped before the edition was completed, therefore the number of retired sculptures sold is less than the edition size. Every year, Starlite retires a certain selection of sculptures available. After a sculpture is retired and is available for more than 1 year, it is considered a clo
Each person who purchases a Legends or Genesis sculpture is invited to register their sculpture with the Starlite Society. The Society provides the highest level of support in addition to valuable, complimentary privileges. Upon purchase a certificate request card will need to be filled out and upon receiving this card The Starlite Society will send the collector a personalized certificate of ownership along with the annual Collection Catalog and an artist biography. The customer shall continue
Each active sculpture owner "regardless of the number of sculptures owned or the date of the most recent purchase" is invited to renew their association with the Starlite Society each year. We maintain an owner's information as active for one year after the last sculpture purchased is registered, and keep it active only if the owner wishes us to do so. Simply call the Society at (800) 726-9660 x113 to make sure your name and address information is current.
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