Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pro Pumpkin Carver by Nick Petronzio Sculpture

It's pumpkin carving time! 
I'm introducing my new carving kit at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Beverly Hills this weekend. The kit consisits of my 4 favourite tools for carving pumpkins, one of which I hand-made myself.


Here's a video teaching Heidi Klum how to carve pumpkins using the Pro Pumpkin Carver Kit, with tips on how to add dimension to your pumpkin and how to add features that will enhance your design.

Here are some of my spooky carvings! 

Visit my FaceBook page for pics from the pumpkin patch!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Production of Tanya Ragir's 'Doubt Kills The Warrior' Sculpture

Finished 'Doubt' sculpture installed at the entrance of  California Art Club's 101st Annual Gold Metal Juried Exhibiton at The Autry Museum.

Chasing the seams of the assembled figure cast in stone.

Hands and arms cast face-coat and fiberglass re-enforcement.

Assembly of the cast-stone figure.

View of inner casting with a steel welded armature and a fiberglass re-enforcement.

Sealing the finalized surface.

Tanya, a happy sculptor.

Packing-up for delivery and installation to the Autry Museum.

Tanya and I at the CAC Art Club Exhibiton. All smiles as she took home Art Connaiseur Magazine's award for best sculpture!
Here we have Tanya Ragir's Award winning 'Doubt Kills The Warrior Sculpture' which I produced for her in cast-polymer-stone with a two tier steel base and brown patina. The sculpture was cast into a silicone mold with custom tinted cast-stone, a steel welded armature and fiberglass re-enforcement. Once the sculpture was de-molded, assembled and chased, a final protective sealer was applied to preserve the finish for years to come. Thank you for bringing about this project Tanya! It's a beautiful piece of work and I'm proud to have been a part of it.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Enlargement of Tanya Ragir's "Sara" Sculpture. Santa Monica, CA

Working with Tanya to block out the torso in bead foam for a scaled x3 enlargement of her "Sara" Sculpture. 

Cutting the silhouette in bead foam with a hot wire tool.

Rough forms cut from the foam block.

Carving the enlarged foam armature pre-clay sculpting. 

Day one, first application of clay.
A couple pictures from the enlargement of Tanya Ragir's 'Doubt Kills the Warrior' torso sculpture. I was recently invited by my good friend, fellow sculptor and very talented artist to share some tricks of the trade in helping her to enlarge one of her beautiful figure sculptures. It's always an honor to be invited into another artist's studio and what a pleasure it's been to work with Tanya! Here we have the development of a 4' x 4' x 8' enlargement from her life-sized "Sara" sculpture. The armature for this piece is cut out of a foam block with a hot wire tool from hand drawn frontal and side profiles. Once the profiles are cut, we use a combination of cutting, carving and gluing to achieve a core form on which the clay sculpture can be modeled in water clay. Check in often to see the piece as it progresses!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Fun with Heidi Klum at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

I was recently invited to film a fun segment demonstrating some of my pumpkin carving techniques with the beautiful and talented Heidi Klum at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood where I carve pumpkins every year with patrons and their kids leading up to halloween. As you can see from the pictures, we had a lot of fun filming the segment for Heidi Klum on Aol. and carving our pumpkins together was a blast! Thanks Heidi for being a great sport! Especially when it came down to the "dirty" work of cleaning out the inside of the pumpkins. I'd also like to extend a big thank you to all that were involved: Dr. Christmas aka Bob Pranga and Debi Staron who invited me aboard, Lyra Marble the owner of Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch for hosting us and Desiree Gruber along with the Full Picture crew for putting it all together. Enjoy the segment and picture stills. 
I wish you all a very Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

A hand full of signature hand carved pumpkins by Nick (aka Mr. Bones Carver) at Mr. Bones Pumpkin patch in West Hollywood. To see more pictures of creative carvings and sculpture work visit

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lost Wax: Female Torso Sculpture Cast in Bronze.

Female Torso sculpture cast in bronze with black patina and metal polish. 

Applying the hot black patina with a oxy settling torch.

Palette of patina's.

The sculpture freshly cleaned up out of bronze casting

Furnace (left) to heat and melt the bronze and the crucible (right) to pour the bronze.

Bronze bars that are melted down to cast the bronze torso sculpture. 

The burnout kiln which is used to fire the ceramic shell and melt out the wax (lost wax).

The torso sculpture cast in wax and ready for ceramic shell.

Female Torso by Nick Petronzio 12" x 4" x 27"
Available cast in hydro-stone, resin, bronze, aluminum and stainless steel. Exhibited and available at PLUSHHOME on Melrose Avenue.

Here we have my female torso sculpture in three stages: wax, cast in bronze and the final polished piece. Seen here, the sculpture is sectioned as a bas-relief and is fresh out of the foundry with a polished black bronze patina. This piece will be installed in a arched niche at the collectors home in Hollywood, CA. 

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Antique Silver Textured Bench with Black Laquer.

 Antique silver textured bench.
 Sculptural texture with antique black silver patina.
 Corner detail of antiqued silver texture and black laquer finish
 Silicone mold and cast textured panel in resin.
 Fitting and installing the cast textured panel.
Antique silver and black laquer bench by Nick Petronzio 42"x 18" x 19"

Here we have a bench that I recently produced for the entrance way to a clients home. The bench is made of solid black laquered and polished maple. Set into the top of the bench is a recessed sculptural textured panel that I created and cast in resin. Once fitted and installed, I applied an antique silver coating with a black patina. It was then buffed, polished and sealed with a satin finish.