Bronze Casting Foundry Services

Since 1983, Alabama Copper & Bronze has been a beacon of excellence in the world of bronze casting.

Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama, our foundry stands as a testament to craftsmanship, artistry, and dedication. Our bronze casting techniques seamlessly merge age-old bronze age traditions with modern innovation to bring your artistic visions to life.

Bronze casting is more than a process; it’s an art form that has been cherished for centuries. The allure of bronze lies in its timeless beauty, durability, and versatility. At Alabama Copper & Bronze, we’ve honed our skills over decades, crafting exquisite bronze sculptures, plaques, monuments, and architectural pieces that leave a lasting impression.

Bronze Casting Process:
Merging Artistry with Precision

We take great pride in our mastery of the bronze casting process, a harmonious blend of artistry and precision that transforms raw materials into timeless works of art. Our commitment to excellence begins with a deep understanding of the technical intricacies involved.

Our skilled artisans breathe life into your concepts by meticulously crafting master patterns, typically sculpted from materials such as clay, wax, or wood. These patterns serve as the blueprint for the final bronze piece, embodying the very essence of your vision. We meticulously examine each master pattern, rigorously verifying visual aesthetics, dimensional accuracy, surface finish, material integrity, and intricate details. Precise measurements, thorough visual assessments, and documentation ensure that the master pattern faithfully captures the client’s vision.

We often employ the time-honored technique of sand molding, which allows us to capture the finest intricacies of the master pattern. In this process, a sand mold is meticulously crafted around the master pattern. This mold becomes the exact negative replica of the pattern’s surface, preserving every contour and detail. Our artisans skillfully prepare the mold, ensuring that it perfectly encapsulates the pattern’s form.

The sand molding process offers unparalleled flexibility, making it suitable for a wide range of projects. Its adaptability allows us to tailor each mold to the specific needs of the project, providing a level of customization that is a hallmark of our craftsmanship.

The precision of our sand molding technique is a testament to our commitment to quality, as it lays the foundation for the flawless reproduction of your design in bronze.

During this critical step, the investment—essentially a ceramic shell—is meticulously created around the wax investment that faithfully replicates the original pattern. This ceramic shell forms a heat-resistant outer mold, which is essential for the metal casting process.

Once the ceramic shell is in place, the burnout process begins. The entire assembly is subjected to high temperatures within a kiln, where the wax is intentionally melted away, leaving behind a hollow cavity within the ceramic shell. This cavity is the precise inverse of the original master pattern, ready to receive the molten bronze.

The bronze melting and casting stage is where artistry and science converge to give birth to your envisioned masterpiece. Molten bronze, heated to its precise pouring temperature, is skillfully poured into the prepared ceramic shell. As the molten metal fills the void left by the melted wax investment, it begins to take the shape of the original master pattern, capturing every detail and contour.

This process requires not only precision but also a deep understanding of metallurgy. Our artisans carefully monitor the temperature and conditions to ensure that the bronze maintains its desired properties throughout the casting. Our seasoned artisan craftsmen are well-versed in identifying and mitigating potential issues that may arise during cooling. To prevent problems like cracking, shrinkage, and porosity, we employ meticulous temperature control, allowing the bronze to cool at a carefully regulated rate that ensures uniformity and minimizes stress.

Bronze Finishing and Patination

The finishing and patination stage is where artistry and meticulous craftsmanship converge to bring out the full splendor of bronze.

After carefully removing the ceramic shell, our skilled artisans embark on a journey to refine the surface of the bronze casting. Every imperfection, no matter how minute, is addressed with precision and care. Metal chasing techniques are employed to create a flawless surface that preserves the integrity of the original design.

Patination, a true art form, is the final step in this transformative process. It involves the application of chemical patinas to achieve the desired color, texture, and finish. Whether it’s the warm hues of classic bronze, the verdigris of aged copper, or a customized finish, our patination experts carefully layer and treat the surface to create the exact aesthetic envisioned.

Bronze Foundry Services

Art & Sculpture

We collaborate closely with artists and sculptors, transforming their creative visions into tangible bronze masterpieces. From an elegant bronze sculpture to abstract works of art, our artisans breathe life into each creation, preserving intricate details and showcasing the timeless allure of bronze.


Architects and builders turn to us to embellish structures with architectural bronze elements. From ornate door handles, a bronze statue, and grandiose railings to historical plaques that narrate a building’s story, we infuse the spirit of craftsmanship into architectural design, adding both aesthetics and historical significance.

Historical Preservation

Historical preservationists turn to us to craft bronze plaques and markers that immortalize significant events, commemorate distinguished individuals, and preserve the legacy of historical landmarks. These bronze relics stand as lasting testaments to our shared heritage.


Our bronze casting extends its reach to the electrical industry, where our alloys are transformed into connectors, terminals, and switchgear. The excellence of bronze’s electrical conductivity is harnessed to ensure reliable power transmission and connectivity.

Oil & Gas

The demanding conditions of the oil and gas industry find a reliable ally in our bronze valves and fittings. Resistant to corrosion and erosion in harsh environments, these components contribute to the safety and efficiency of oil and gas operations.

Manufacturing & Industrial

In various industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation, our bronze expertise shines through in the production of high-quality bearings and bushings. These essential components reduce friction, extend machinery life, and ensure optimal performance.


Our bronze casting expertise extends its reach to the marine industry, where bronze’s resistance to saltwater corrosion makes it invaluable. From ship propellers that propel vessels through the seas to marine hardware like valves and fittings, we contribute to the reliability and longevity of maritime operations, ensuring that ships sail smoothly and safely through the world’s oceans.

Bronze Alloys

The cornerstone of our exceptional bronze casting services lies in our deep understanding and mastery of the materials we employ. Bronze, revered for its exceptional attributes of strength, corrosion resistance, and timeless aesthetics, forms the bedrock of our craft. Our expertise in this area ensures that each project receives the optimal bronze material, tailored precisely to its unique requirements.

We employ an array of bronze alloys, including traditional varieties like silicon bronze (C87500), phosphor bronze (C51000), and aluminum bronze (C95400), among others. Each alloy boasts distinct characteristics, such as enhanced strength, resistance to corrosion, and a range of hues, allowing us to meticulously match the material to the project’s specific needs.

Customization is at the heart of our approach. We collaborate closely with our clients to select the most appropriate bronze alloy, ensuring that it aligns seamlessly with the project’s intended purpose. Whether your endeavor demands a marine-grade alloy to withstand harsh saltwater environments, a particular coloration for an artistic masterpiece, or durability across diverse climates for architectural components, our experts guide you toward the ideal material choice.

Our commitment to quality doesn’t end with alloy selection. Throughout the casting process, we maintain rigorous quality control measures to guarantee that the chosen bronze materials not only meet industry standards but also surpass your highest expectations.

Quality Assurance
Excellence through Years of Craftsmanship

With over four decades of experience, we take immense pride in our reputation for delivering unparalleled quality in every aspect of our bronze casting services.

Our boutique services, carefully curated for each client, reflect our deep understanding of the importance of personalized craftsmanship. We believe that every project deserves a tailored approach. This dedication to customization ensures that the essence of your vision is not just met but surpassed, elevating each creation to a work of art.

One of the cornerstones of our quality assurance is our insistence on using only the finest and highest-quality bronze materials available. We understand that the longevity and beauty of bronze creations are intricately linked to the quality of the materials used. Therefore, we meticulously select bronze alloys that align with your project’s unique requirements, ensuring that they meet and exceed industry standards. We don’t just create bronze castings; we craft enduring legacies.

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