Alternative names to bonded marble are dry cast marble, cold cast marble, bonded marble, or cultured marble. Not to be confused with carved alabaster or cast of alabaster powder, which is a cheaper and softer stone than marble, although sometimes marketed as such, with the most important difference that over time the alabaster cast will become yellowish.
Bonded Marble is a mixture of marble powder (80 - 90%), which is a byproduct of the cutting process in quarries, and a resin-polymer (10 - 20%) as casting material, which allows the marble to take the form of moulds and reproduce statues in great detail at a very affordable cost.
This mixture behaves quite differently than resin only products in the way that the ultra fine particles of marble flow into the mold creating highly detailed and stone-like sculptures. A good quality mould makes possible to create an exact replica of a classical sculpture masterpiece made of bonded marble, and if required, finish or sand the sculpture by hand.
Bonded marble statues have practically the same weight, look and feel like solid marble sculptures, the material is cold, and looks smooth and authentic, which is completely missing from inferior only resin sculptures. With dry cast marble sculptures any kind of form is possible, from small indoor statuettes to large life-size sculptures.
Watch the video of our Bonded Marble Chatsworth Lions Statue in Pair (Small)
Other casting material can also be used like for example cement in order to reduce cost on the larger pieces. However, other materials do not have the level of details such as dry cast marble sculptures do.