'Barney' Sitting Labrador
Bronze resin Sitting Labrador
H:800 W:780 D:300 mm, H:32 W:31 D:12 inches
Tanya sculpts because she's passionate about animals and their welfare- 10% of all proceeds from sculpture sales go to animal rescue charities.
Also available in foundry bronze- £9,000.00
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 Sitting Labrador sculpture
For many years an opportunity to commission a dog sculpture from me was auctioned at Battersea Dog and Cats Home’s annual fundraiser. I modelled this labrador Barney as part of a labrador pair for the generous bidder. Leo and Barney were very lively and affectionate and spent quite a lot of the time sitting on top of the garden table.
At their sitting I took lots of photographs of Barney and Leo in a variety of poses, watching their expressions and mannerisms, and hearing about the way they behaved at home with their family. After that, with their owners, I decided which pose would Barney and Leo best, then proceeded to model them in clay.
Once I’d sculpted the labradors 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.