'Mactavish' West Highland Terrier- bronze resin
Bronze Resin West Highland Terrier, Sitting
H:450 W:500 D:380 mm, H:18 W:20 D:15 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- £3,270.00
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 West Highland Terrier sculpture
The West Highland Terrier sculpture was modelled on Mactavish. We chose a sitting position as we wanted all the attention to be on Mactavish’s face. The client asked for him to be a little shaggier (less blow-dried) to show a natural look, with care over the hair above his eyes and the an attentive expression. Westies have such classic poise and shape and I really enjoyed the opportunity to sculpt Mactavish, so he’ll look at home wherever he is.
After taking Mactavish’s measurements I proceeded to model him in clay. I worked with the client to get him just right and once I’d sculpted him 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.