Statues And Sculptures: Example Types

Statues and sculptures are excellent decorations for the home or garden. They add a certain air of elegance to a scene. They also provide a way for homeowners and designers to express themselves, by picking out the types of statue art that relate to their personal interests. You may be wondering what the possible options are. There are many materials that can be used to create statues, sculptures, or figurines for your collection. Some such examples are noted here. 

Metal 

Different types of metal statues are popular in homes and gardens. Nearly any type of metal will lend itself to quality statues through mechanical and heating processes. Bronze is one example, and this material makes for excellent animal statues. You often see bronze or metal animal statues in zoos, parks, or memorials. Various metal alloys can be used to create metallic, silver statues. Another example is aluminum animal art. Aluminum can be used to make gorgeous statues of animals and creatures like deer, horses, and dragons. Aluminum statues can be made with heavy sheets of aluminum or even with aluminum foil, for smaller projects. They are best for indoors.    

Cut Stone

Cut stone, or natural stone, is made from naturally occurring rocks, most notably marble and granite. It is rare to come by hand-made sculptures of this type; modern techniques like high pressure water jets are used to carve them instead. A hand-made marble or granite statue, though a masterpiece, would be incredibly expensive, so it's best to stick to modern types. Granite is so hard and brittle it is pretty much impossible to carve without today's technology. The best thing about marble and granite statues is that they will last for a long time compared to other materials. Of the two, granite lasts longer, since marble can be degraded by water over time. 

Other Materials

Other types of statue and/or figurine materials include cast stone, clay, and glass. Cast stone is made from a mixture like concrete but can be designed to imitate natural stone. It's more cost effective, for detailed statues, to go with cast stone and not natural stone. The downside is that cast stone doesn't last as long and can chip or crack. Clay pots and planters are widely used in gardens, but it's rarer to find clay statues. If you can find one, they last a long time, though they can be fragile. Terracotta-style statues are excellent for gardens. Figurines are common and can be made from many types of clay including simple oven-bake polymer clay. You might like also small sculptures made of blown glass. These can be artsy and colorful and are best for indoors. For more information, contact a business such as Outdoor Living At Saratoga‚Äč.   


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