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About Legends and Starlite Originals

 Starlite Originals, LLC, a fine art foundry located in Los Angeles, was founded in 1972 by Bob Beckerman. Today his sons continue to manage and grow the business. Starlite Originals represents sculptors through Gallery Edition publishing. The Legends, Disney, Genesis and Kitty's Critters collections are marketed and distributed through Limited Edition Publishings.
Starlite has expanded to include offering foundry services to other artists, publishers, and private label clients. Their unique technical innovations of Mixed Media®, Lucite®, and metal embedment are making a dramatic impact on the market.

The Foundry
Starlite Originals L.L.C., has been crafting affordable fine art sculpture for nearly 3 decades. We pride ourselves on our commitment to publishing the work of contemporary artists. Utilizing our innovative Los Angeles, CA. based foundry and through the creation of our very own Mixed Media® process (the combination of various precious metals and hot-torched patinas), we create and publish the distinct brand names of Legends®, Genesis®, Kitty's Critters and Starlite Originals Gallery Editions sculptures. These sculptures can range from simple metal to translucent Lucite®, embedding such metals and 3/4 relief. Refer to the Manufacturing section, found on the home page, for further details on sculpture creation.
Every sculpture is an original.
In sculpting, the clay form of the sculpture presented by the artist is just one step in the creation process. This clay version is completely destroyed when the initial molds are made. The finished metal casting made from those molds are all first generation castings of the sculpture. Therefore, each sculpture is an original casting, making each piece an original, and subsequently, much more valuable. It is this unique concept, as well as their masterful innovation of Mixed Media®–the harmonious blending of precious metals and hot-torched patinas-that has established them as leaders in the fine art market. Starlite Originals L.L.C. takes their commitment to fine art one step further by working toward cultural and wildlife conservation, and proudly donates a percentage of profits from selected releases to various non-profit organizations. The Information was provided by Starlight Originals.

Sculpture Facts Provided by: Starlite Originals, L.L.C. Starlite Originals.
What are Starlite's sculptures made of?

All Starlite Originals sculptures begin from an original made of plasticine, the result of an artists' sculpting and resculpting soft clay. From these originals, first-generation models are created. Each sculpture is sectioned into a myriad of component parts and placed into molds for the creation of individual cavities. Starlite's scultptures are made from one or any combination of different materials. Such materials can be cateforized by bronze, pewter, Lucite, acrylic, porcelain, resin and wood.

Exactly What is Mixed Media?

It 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.

How Are The Sculptures Made?

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. The sculpture then goes through numerous metal plating and patina application steps, completing the Mixed Media process.

What is a Patina? Is it Paint?

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, to a milky-white opaque when frosted can be achieved. It has the desirable characteristics of transparency and crystal clarity. Lucite is also UV resistant.

Can I request a certain numbered sculpture in an edition?

Yes! Simply submit the order, noting the number you would like to receive. If it is available (i.e., not yet shipped to someone else), we will ship that number to you.

What is an artist's proof?

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. Their scarcity makes them inherently more valuable and costly than their counterparts from the limited edition run (approximately 25% more). Artist proof sculptures are available for purchase. Artist proofs are numbered as follows: 13/50AP/500. This means that there are a total of 50 artist proofs (50 of 500 which is 10% of the edition.) and this particular sculpture is #13 of the 50 pieces.

What is the difference between "SOLD OUT" and "RETIRED"?

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 closeout which means it is sold at a reduced price. Closeout is a retired item.

What is a Certified Limited Edition and what is the advantage to registering my sculpture?

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 to receive our Quarterly "What's New" catalog which depicts all the current new releases. All registered sculptures are kept in a database for safekeeping of value for insurance and appraisal purposes.

How do I keep my name on the active mailing list?

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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