'Sophie' Cocker Spaniel
Bronze Resin Cocker Spaniel
H:450 W:400 D:340 mm, H:18 W:16 D:13 inches
Tanya sculpts because she's passionate about animals and their welfare- 10% of her proceeds from all sculpture sales go toanimal rescue charities.
Also available in foundry bonze- £3,380.00
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.
The intention behind the Cocker Spaniel, Sitting sculpture
Sophie the Cocker Spaniel was one of the first commissions auctioned at Battersea Dog and Cats Home’s annual fundraiser. Sophie was quite elderly at the time she modelled for me, and several of her daughters were there in her home. Using photographs provided by her owners I sculpted Sophie in her prime.
After taking Sophie’s measurements I took lots of photographs of her in a variety of poses, watching her expressions and mannerisms, and hearing about the way she behaved at home with her family. After that, with her owners, I decided which pose would suit Sophie best, then proceeded to model her in clay.
Once I’d sculpted Sophie a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.