Bespoke Wax Sculptures

Wax sculptures of famous personalities can be seen in wax museums around the world. Madame Tussauds, London is among the most popular wax museums housing thousands of bespoke wax sculptures of world leaders, sportspersons, actors, musicians, writers, etc. Wax sculptures are visually realistic, so much so that they look almost lifelike. They seem so real that people mistake a wax figure for a real person even from a short distance. This magical quality of wax sculptures is the result of the laborious process of their creation and the wonderful material called wax.

The Making of Bespoke Wax Sculptures

The process of making a wax sculpture has not changed over the last two centuries. It is an elaborate and intricate process, which is expensive and completed over a course of roughly 350 hours.

First Step – Taking measurements

Bespoke Clay Model
The first step in creating a bespoke wax sculpture is to study the person to be duplicated in wax. Photographs of the person are taken in natural light so that the wax replica matches the real person’s skin tone. Once the photographs have been taken from all angles, detailed measurements of the person are taken to get accurate results in the sculpture.

Second Step – Building the clay model

The full-size clay model is constructed. As the head is the most challenging part, it is created first as a separate piece. Further along the process, hair and facial features will be added to the head, therefore, it is prepared independently from the beginning. While preparing the clay model for your wax sculpture, AARNE sends you updates of the progress every 1-2 weeks so that you can view and approve of the form. The sculpture is only taken into full production once you have approved its clay model.

Third Step – Creating the silicone mould

Custom Silicone Mould
After the clay model is finalised, silicone mould of the clay model is prepared to create the final shape of the sculpture. The silicone mould is then removed from the clay model and filled with hot wax. The wax is left to cool. Once the wax has cooled sufficiently, the silicone mould is removed and the wax model is ready for makeup and hair transplant.

Fourth Step – Makeup and Hair Transplant

Bespoke Waxwork
The wax figure undergoes an extensive process of makeup where multiple layers of oil paint are applied to create the perfect skin tone. Facial features and particularities are added to the face. Since wax is a soft medium, it easily takes on different shapes and intricacies that are hard to achieve with other mediums. Hair is individually transplanted onto the head and face. For the eyes, hand-painted acrylic eyeballs are prepared and placed into eye sockets.

Fifth Step – Head-Body Match and Dress

The final step in the creation of a wax sculpture is to place the head upon the body and ensure that they match perfectly. The final touches are added to the sculpture to make it look as realistic as possible. Lastly, an appropriate dress that matches the style of the actual person is prepared for the sculpture.

Hyper-Realistic Bespoke Wax Sculptures

AARNE is proud to have created hyper-realistic wax sculptures of noted personalities, including that of Nelson Mandela, Will Smith, Vladimir Putin, Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. These bespoke wax sculptures created using the process described above, demonstrate the lifelike perfection that wax sculptures can obtain when in the hands of skilled artists.

Prized for their resemblance to reality, wax sculptures are also pieces of high art that can stop anybody in their tracks. If you wish to turn yourself or a loved one immortal through art, a wax sculpture is a worthy choice. AARNE is the creator of hyper-realistic bespoke wax sculptures that are art pieces of highest quality material and craftsmanship. If you want to get a premium wax sculpture created, just think of AARNE. If you have any questions or queries, or if you are interested in getting a sculpture manufactured. Please contact us using the contact form on the ‘Contact Us‘ page. Or alternatively please email us at and we will get back to your enquiry as soon as possible.